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[sheep-dip] /ˈʃipˌdɪp/
a lotion or wash applied to the fleece or skin of sheep to kill vermin, usually applied by immersing the animals in vats.
Origin of sheep-dip
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Not improbably this sheep-dip was what Flo meant as the worst to come.

  • They dab a splotch of sheep-dip on the place and go right ahead.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Flo was dusty and hot, and her chaps carried the unmistakable scent of sheep-dip.

  • A large tub was filled with hot water, and a bottle of sheep-dip was emptied into it.

    The African Colony John Buchan
  • And the station-business doesn't pay for the sheep-dip to sanctify their coffee with.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • By itself, railroad coffee is too passive; but sheep-dip makes it wake up and get down to business.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Say, Glenn, do you reckon Miss Carley could stand a sheep-dip?

  • Whereupon Carley felt mount in her breast an intense and rebellious determination to see a sheep-dip.

  • Yet she was nonetheless set upon going on, and seeing the sheep-dip, and riding that fiendish mustang until the trip was ended.

  • And they went by train with the bailiff from the farm, who was going in about some sheep-dip and to buy pigs.

    The Wouldbegoods E. Nesbit
British Dictionary definitions for sheep-dip


any of several liquid disinfectants and insecticides in which sheep are immersed to kill vermin and germs in their fleece
a deep trough containing such a liquid
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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