crowbait

[kroh-beyt]
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noun Chiefly Northern, North Midland, and Western U.S.

an emaciated, worn-out horse or cow.

Origin of crowbait

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; crow1 + bait
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Examples from the Web for crowbait

Historical Examples of crowbait

  • Well, how in the name of all that is good, great, and wise did you get that crowbait wished on you?

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan