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billy goat

noun
1.
a male goat.
2.
Informal. goat (def 6).
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  • Then the billy goat gathered all his force, set his horns high in the air, and tugged at the band.

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • “There he is now,” he added, as billy goat passed the window.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • If you'll come home with us, I'll let you ride in my billy goat cart.

    Mary's Rainbow Mary Edward Feehan
  • One loop was for Peter's billy goat, the other for Crookhorn.

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • The next step was to fasten the other loop around the billy goat's neck, and behold!

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • In twenty-four hours after we get hold of him, we can have him eating corn out of our hands, like a billy goat.

  • You may have a billy goat, or a shot gun or a bottle of poison concealed about you.

    Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa George W. Peck
  • There was once a little Kid whose growing horns made him think he was a grown-up billy goat and able to take care of himself.

  • billy goat was a gentleman, after his kind, and he liked Sergeant Foyle with a great liking.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • Then the billy goat sauntered up and looked over, and after that he eyed his wife a little crossly.

British Dictionary definitions for billy goat

billy goat

noun
1.
a male goat Compare nanny goat
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