cattle prod

noun

: 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 In the ’80s and ’90s, there always seemed to be somebody behind us with a cattle prod telling us what to do. Erin Osmon, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2024 But it has also been marred by players of all stripes — ahem, Malik Monk, the sixth man for the Sacramento Kings — falling and flailing as if stung by a cattle prod. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, 1 June 2023 Not with the cattle prod but with a stick. Fern Marja Eckman, The New Yorker, 22 Sep. 2020 At Schmidt's 1961 crossing, a cattle prod was used in the initiation to torment pollywogs. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2023 By episode's end, the cattle prod-wielding aunt discovers Janine awake, but wheelchair-bound. Matt Cabral, EW.com, 22 Sep. 2022 Law enforcement officials said Bates injured his leg and was unable to work, so he was allegedly tied up, kicked, beaten, starved and shocked with an electric cattle prod until his death, according to a 1986 Houston Chronicle article. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Apr. 2022 The cattle prod released up to 4,000 volts of electricity, according to an article by the online publication Ranker. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Apr. 2022 Military personnel forced him to stand in a patio of water and shocked him with a cattle prod. Lola Méndez, refinery29.com, 23 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cattle prod was in 1938

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“Cattle prod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cattle%20prod. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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