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  • verb intransitive To fly too far and wide from its master while hovering above waiting till the game is sprung.


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  • Traditionally, every evening sheep are encouraged to rake out (spread far out to graze) on to the fells and moorland, returning to the lower ground by the next morning. The flock ranges over very large areas, ensuring an even grazing of the available ground. Even within a hefted flock there are subgroups - different groups of sheep on different "cuts" of the hill.

    From the 2001 foot and mouth epidemic, in The Guardian

    December 25, 2008