from The Century Dictionary.

  • Fattened, as oxen, by feeding in a stable or on dry fodder.

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  • adjective (of livestock) kept and fed in a stall in order to fatten for the market


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  • But most part I say, such as are aptest to love that are young and lusty, live at ease, stall-fed, free from cares, like cattle in a rank pasture, idle and solitary persons, they must needs hirquitullire, as

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  • Paulus Jovius in his description of Britain, and Levinus Lemnius, observe as much of this our island, that there was of old no use of [4083] physic amongst us, and but little at this day, except it be for a few nice idle citizens, surfeiting courtiers, and stall-fed gentlemen lubbers.

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  • And in the stall-fed life of the successful ant-heap — with its regular meals, regular duties, regular pleasures, an even course of life, and fear excluded — the vicissitudes, delights, and havens of today will seem of epic breadth.

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  • In the warm glow of the guttered gas-jets she looked particularly brilliant here, pampered, idle, jaunty — the well-kept, stall-fed pet of the world.

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  • They carry on the process to the greatest extent in winter, and stall-fed ruminants carry it on for about seven months in the year; beasts that go in herds, as they get their food out of doors, ruminate to a lesser degree and over a lesser period.

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  • However, towards the end of the pregnancy, the animals are confined and stall-fed.

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  • This is probably better than stall-fed beef and slaughterhouse pork to make a man of.

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  • When they came to choose among the Royal Kin, this was his sign: that he chose short life with glory, and to walk with the god, rather than live long, unknown like the stall-fed ox.

    The King Must Die Renault, Mary, 1905-1983 1958

  • The men, like stall-fed beasts, spurred themselves by the prospect of eating and idleness, and we were soon at the beach.

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