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


a strict disciplinarian, the rancher would rawhide his disobedient sons until they were black and blue

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Kelliher-Combs used all natural materials creating hollow cones attached to strings: sheep and goat rawhide, wool yarn, steel wire, beeswax and nylon thread. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Minneapolis Institute of Art exhibit is first to honor Native women artists," 7 June 2019 Jeffrey Gibson, also living in New York, has developed an international reputation for beaded figures and paintings on rawhide that reference his Choctaw heritage. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "At Miami’s Art Fairs, a Somber Mood Sets In," 1 Dec. 2018 The figure of Cormery’s domineering grandmother, taking a rawhide switch to the troublemaking boy or up to her elbow in a toilet recovering a two-franc piece, is a synecdoche for the country’s intransigence and desperation. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Book Review: Classics Illustrated," 16 Nov. 2018 Gus was made to forage for meals, pulling chicken from a rawhide wrapper and coaxing a frozen mackerel out of a block of ice. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018 There’s a giant boxer-faced dog there, under the table, gnawing on rawhide. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "Mum’s the Word," 4 June 2017 The recall was for multiple brands of rawhide dog chews sold in the U.S. and made in South America. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Middleton-based Spectrum Brands looks to sell batteries and appliances units," 3 Jan. 2018 Big-time programs are on him like a dog on rawhide. Joe Davidson, sacbee, "‘A freak show’: Tremblay’s work in trenches draws recruits in ARC’s win over Sac City," 21 Oct. 2017 Big-time programs are on him like a dog on rawhide. Joe Davidson, sacbee, "‘A freak show’: Tremblay’s work in trenches draws recruits in ARC’s win over Sac City," 21 Oct. 2017

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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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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