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cow

noun uk   us   /kaʊ/

cow noun (ANIMAL)

A1 [C] a large female farm animal kept to produce meat and milk: a dairy cow [C] a large female adult mammal such as an elephant, a whale, or a seal: a cow elephant
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cow noun (WOMAN)

[C] UK offensive an unkind or unpleasant woman: You stupid cow!

cow noun (UNPLEASANT THING)

[S] Australian English informal something difficult or unpleasant: It's been a cow of a day.

cow

verb [T usually passive] uk   us   /kaʊ/
to frighten someone into doing something, using threats or violence: The protesters refused to be cowed into submission by the army.
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