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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COWBOY

Then you mean to say that every cowboy risks his life in a round-up?

It was a cowboy party, and one of the cowboys was Donald Morrison.

She sent the cowboy to the Cormacks' cottage, to tell Eppie to come to her.

I was a cow hand—a cowboy—and we did not hold friendship with sheepmen.

I was worried; not for myself, you understand, but for that cowboy shover.

"Let him do his own talkin', kid," said Siwash, cutting off the cowboy's explanation.

I rode down the valley this morning trying to do it like a cowboy.

A cowboy whirls his lasso around and around his head before he throws it.

Otherwise he was dressed as a Texas cowboy of the past generation.

Now and then some cowboy rides past, but you are almost the only caller we have ever had.

WORD ORIGIN

1725, "boy who tends to cows," from cow (n.) + boy. Sense in Western U.S. is from 1849; in figurative use by 1942 for "brash and reckless young man" (as an adjective meaning "reckless," from 1920s). Cowhand is first attested 1852 in American English (see hand (n.)). Cowpoke (said to be 1881, not in popular use until 1940s) was said to be originally restricted to the cowboys who prodded cattle onto railroad cars with long poles.

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