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calf roping

noun
1.
a timed rodeo event in which a mounted rider chases and lassos a calf, dismounts, and throws the calf to the ground, tying three of the animal's legs with a short length of rope.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism
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  • The rodeo-complete with bronc and bull riding, steer wrestling and calf roping-is coming to town.
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  • Next thing they'll want to do is ban calf roping at rodeos.
Encyclopedia Article for calf roping

rodeo event in which a mounted cowboy chases a calf, lassoes it, dismounts, throws the calf to the ground by hand, and ties up three of its feet with a short rope. He signals completion by raising both hands. The performance is timed, and the contestant with the lowest time wins.

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