cattle prod


Definition of cattle prod

: a handheld prodding device that delivers an electric shock (as in controlling cattle)

Examples of cattle prod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many times, the tactics, including near-suffocation by plastic bags, shocks by cattle prods and beatings by flashlights, were used to elicit false confessions. NBC News, "George Floyd's death a painful reminder of Chicago's history of police brutality," 3 June 2020 There are certainly occasions when complex verbiage is called for, but in general, writers are encouraged — through gentle, collegial encouragement, and the occasional cattle prod — to make their points clearly and simply. New York Times, "Fancy-Schmancy," 1 Apr. 2020 At the time, some researchers favored using cattle prods and electric shock to discourage unwanted behavior. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, "Journalism That Holds Power to Account," 19 Nov. 2019 Behind the scenes, a trainer is waving his electric cattle prod or leather whip to make clear what will happen if the animals fail to obey. Frans De Waal, Discover Magazine, "Cheerful Chimps: Are Animals Really Happy When They Smile?," 31 May 2019 Another drawback is the scary elements: fearful wolves and an awful villain with a whip and a cattle prod. Mark Kennedy, Houston Chronicle, "‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ is a well-crafted sequel," 6 June 2019 Another drawback is the scary elements: fearful wolves and an awful villain with a whip and a cattle prod. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ is a worthy sequel," 6 June 2019 Or maybe your sciatica will make your leg feel like someone’s poking it with a cattle prod, delivering electric jolts each time. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is the Number One Sign You Have Sciatica," 29 Aug. 2018 The department issued nine denials, according to Mr. Ross’s response, including applications for cattle prods, pepper spray and voice-print software to Chinese security agencies and other firms. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "U.S. Technology Sent to Chinese Police Was Within Rules, Commerce Department Says," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of cattle prod

1938, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jun 2020

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“Cattle prod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cattle prod

: a device that is used to make cattle move by giving them an electric shock

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