raw·​hide | \ ˈrȯ-ˌhīd How to pronounce rawhide (audio) \

Definition of rawhide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a whip of untanned hide
2 : untanned cattle skin


rawhided; rawhiding

Definition of rawhide (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to whip or drive with or as if with a rawhide

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Examples of rawhide in a Sentence

Verb a strict disciplinarian, the rancher would rawhide his disobedient sons until they were black and blue
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rovell wants Broderick’s signature on a baseball — and not just any rawhide. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Today is the 35th anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s day off at Wrigley Field … or is it? Sportswriter and quirky memorabilia collector Darren Rovell explains.," 24 Sep. 2020 The sinew was usually from the back of an animal or a leg tendon but was sometimes made of rawhide or intestines. Andrew Del-colle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Your Own Bow and Arrow By Hand," 16 Aug. 2020 In addition to curated toys and natural treats (no rawhide or animal bones here), each shipment contains a bandana that matches that month’s theme. Popular Science, "Pet subscription boxes you’ll both eagerly anticipate," 4 Aug. 2020 The rawhide-free SmartSticks are made from real chicken, vegetables, and other healthy ingredients, and they're even enriched with vitamins and minerals. Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "18 cult-favorite pet products you can get from Chewy," 2 Mar. 2020 The paintings and rawhide sculptures at the Cleveland Museum of Art will remain on view through Sunday, Feb. 16. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Liu Wei uses dog chews to create anti-’Hall of Architecture’ at Cleveland Museum of Art," 5 Jan. 2020 Many dog treats and rawhides are high in calories, sodium, and fat. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Resolutions for a paw-some New Year," 11 Jan. 2020 The art pieces are made of of items like washing machines, refrigerators and rawhide dog chews. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "9 things to do in Cleveland on Sunday, Jan. 5," 5 Jan. 2020 In 2017, Wyoming Public Media ran a story on Rawhide with the headline legend of rawhide reenactment raises questions over native american stereotypes, and the residents of Lusk were not pleased. Jennifer Percy, Harper's magazine, "The Skinning Tree," 20 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After six months of being whipped once a week with sticks and rawhide thongs — arbitrary punishment was used to stunt a slave’s dangerous sense of personhood — Douglass fought his tormentor. George Will, National Review, "Remembering Frederick Douglass, Champion of American Individualism," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of rawhide


1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rawhide was in 1763

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“Rawhide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rawhide. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rawhide

: the skin of a cow before it has been prepared or made into leather


raw·​hide | \ ˈrȯ-ˌhīd How to pronounce rawhide (audio) \

Kids Definition of rawhide

: cattle skin before it has been made into leather

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