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cow town

a small town, especially one in a cattle-raising district in the western U.S. or Canada.
a town or city, especially in the western U.S. or Canada, from which cattle are shipped to market.
Origin of cow town
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Willets was a cow-town, and for the winter its activity was over.

    The Trail Horde Charles Alden Seltzer
  • Bear Cat was a cow-town, still in its frankest, most exuberant youth.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • A couple of rude groceries completed the necessary equipment of a "cow-town."

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • But mentionin' color, the thought of that little affair do make my face as red as a cow-town on pay-day.

    Yellowstone Nights Herbert Quick
  • To suddenly stop off at a cow-town station, without baggage or definite itinerary, was unconventional, to say the least.

    Partners of Chance Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • While the sting of the cow-town whisky was still rankling in their throats a man entered the front door.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
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