Sheep's-head

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sheep's-head a fool, a stupid and timid person: an American fish of the family Sparidæ, allied to the perches, so called from the shape and colour of the head
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sceáp; Ger. schaf.

Usage

In literature:

They beheaded sheep in the palace till the floors ran with blood, and then pelted the passers-by with sheep's heads.
"Historic Boys" by Elbridge Streeter Brooks
Will they set the royal crown on a sheep's head, think you?
"Fairy Book" by Sophie May
Sir Patrick above all things was fond of sheep's head.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
In others, a stag's, sheep's, or goat's head looks down from a little round window.
"Holland, v. 1 (of 2)" by Edmondo de Amicis
With the bones of the sheep's head, it will not make so much difference.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
Prepare a sheep's head, either by cleaning the skin very nicely, or taking it off, as preferred.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Meanwhile the promise costs nothing, and like sheep's-head broth is very filling at the price.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Sheep's heads and things pall if you have them more than once a week.
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
My cock stiff without it, drooped its head directly the wet flabby sheep's-gut touched its tip.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
The dog, carrying the sheep's head, rushed into an open doorway, followed closely by the Jew.
"Told in the Coffee House" by Cyrus Adler
Has it not a wild twang on the tongue and palate, far preferable to sheep's-head?
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
They gathered the widow's poor head of sheep off the hill.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
The Sahib unrolled it, and exposed to their astonished gaze the very sheep's head they had given to the stranger the night before.
"Among the Wild Tribes of the Afghan Frontier" by T. L. Pennell
Nod, cold and trembling, lifted his little grey face out of his streaming sheep's-coat and shook his head.
"The Three Mulla-mulgars" by Walter De La Mare
But I will tell you a story about the sheep's-head.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Vol. 9" by Various
Found the sheep's-head delicious, and spent the evening most agreeably.
"Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)" by Maria R. Audubon
A flock of sheep carried off the carpet, and a swarm of bees has eaten up my doll's head.
"Brooks's Readers, Third Year" by Stratton D. Brooks
Turbot or sheep's-head fish may be dressed as above; of course it will require a larger proportion of seasoning, &c., and longer time to cook.
"Miss Leslie's New Cookery Book" by Eliza Leslie
He is a very good-lookin' young fellow, an' knows a sheep's head from a sow's ear, or Tim Fahy's a fool.
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur
He is a very good-lookin' young fellow, an' knows a sheep's head from a sow's ear, or Tim Fahy's a fool.
"All-Hallow Eve; or, The Test of Futurity." by Robert Curtis
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In poetry:

Come, John, Jane, and Susan, the soup take away,
And bring in the turbot, the sheep's head and bass;
And have you got lobster and salad to-day?
And see that the celery's all right in the glass.
"Mrs. Merdle Ordereth The Second Course" by Horatio Alger Jr
Yet, when young April's husband show'rs
Shall bless the fruitful Maia's bed,
We'll bring the first-born of her flowers,
To kiss Thy feet and crown Thy head.
To Thee, dread Lamb! whose love must keep
The shepherds while they feed their sheep.
"Verses From The Shepherds' Hymn" by Richard Crashaw

In news:

If the sheep heading through town as part of the Trailing of the Sheep look nervous, it's because they found out what's on the menu.
A herd of 30 sheep is headed to the Midtown park's lawn to graze and leave a little something behind as part of a campaign sponsored by.
In Tehran, the Best Part of Waking Up: A Sheep's Head on Your Plate.
Hassan Najjar readies a traditional Iranian breakfast, a soup of sheep's head, hooves and brains called kaleh pache.
Sheep head down Ketchum's main street toward their winter pasture.
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