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  • noun US, figuratively An old, emaciated horse

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  • noun an emaciated horse likely soon to become carrion and so attractive to crows


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  • Judicial Circuit of Illinois, either on the back of a raw-boned horse, or in a rickety buggy drawn by the same old "crowbait," as his legal friends called the animal.

    The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln

  • Cancellation of the project would therefore be such a massive betrayal that resignations of senior naval officers would surely be inevitable - what an abysmal start that would be for a new government. crowbait

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • The dangers are that Brown gives him another hammering on PMQs and the electorate begins to feel he's nothing special and 'better the devil you know' ... crowbait

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • Optimal by C. Bid on Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 1: 26: 26 PM crowbait by Mikael Rudolph on Wednesday, Apr 25, 2007 at 1: 43: 41 PM

    Cheney Impeachment!!! Kucinich Gets it Started

  • Bid ... crowbait by Professor Emeritus Peter Bagnolo on Monday, Apr 9, 2007 at 3: 51: 14 PM

    Fighting Among Us, Will Not Defeat The Hun! As to The Flood...

  • "Why, years ago he had the same old crowbait of a horse, and the boys mocked him when he'd keep using the whip, and telling the beast to get along."

    Fred Fenton on the Track or, The Athletes of Riverport School

  • It was apparent that the whole outfit was in the racing business, and as the crowd looked at the discrepancy between the two horses, and observed that on the best-looking horse was a professional jockey, while on the crowbait was only a girl, something like a groan went up.

    Ted Strong's Motor Car

  • [FOOTNOTE 87: spavined crowbait -- a lame, emaciated horse (from spavin, an inflammation of the tarsal or ankle joint of a horse, causing lameness, and an appearance that causes carrion birds to think a meal is in the offing)] "A very sad --" began Judge Menefee, but his remark was curtailed by a higher authority.

    Heart of the West [Annotated]

  • "Right there is where my lode of information turns to an old spavined crowbait [87], and folds its wings, for I've pumped it dry."

    Heart of the West [Annotated]

  • Indians (Bedouins) with very long spears in their hands, cavorting around on old crowbait horses, and spearing imaginary enemies; whooping, and fluttering their rags in the wind, and carrying on in every respect like

    The Innocents Abroad


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