Sheep-hook

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sheep-hook a shepherd's crook
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

She was no 'sheep-hook' now, but the heiress of the crown of Sicily.
"Tales from Shakespeare" by Charles and Mary Lamb
Oh, give me my sheep, and my sheep-hook restore, And I'll wander from love and Amynta no more.
"The Home Book of Verse, Vol. 2 (of 4)" by Various
Later on, a sheep's carcass (very thin) is thrown down and hewed up with a bill-hook.
"In the Ranks of the C.I.V." by Erskine Childers
She was no "sheep-hook" now, but the heiress of the crown of Sicily.
"Tales from Shakespeare" by Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb
Six hay rakes, two scythes and sneaths, cross-cut saw, and a sheep hook.
"Highways & Byways in Sussex" by E.V. Lucas
My first thought was that it was a drowning sheep; but picking up my stick, I strolled to the bank and hooked it ashore.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
One night I baited a huge hook, secured by a chain and strong cord, with an entire sheep.
"Adventures in the Philippine Islands" by Paul P. de La Gironière
My first thought was that it was a drowning sheep; but picking up my stick, I strolled to the bank and hooked it ashore.
"The Man from Archangel" by A. Conan Doyle
If ebbar you let de line slack de perk'll shake de hook from his mouth in free shakes of a sheep's tail.
"The Cave by the Beech Fork" by Henry S. Spalding
Anything less like a sheep's nose than Mrs. Knox's hooked beak, as she received this information, could hardly be imagined.
"Further Experiences of an Irish R.M." by E. OEnone Somerville
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In poetry:

Like some stray'd sheep, our Father that's above,
Must haul each sinner with the hook of love,
Ere he will come, for comfort, to the Son;
Although, without him, he be quite undone.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard