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 The originals, which many people still use today, were wood and rawhide. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Started in Snowshoeing," 5 Jan. 2021 The Athabascan tribe of the northwest and the Algonquins of the Great Lakes region experimented and perfected the iconic rawhide lacing. Washington Post, "He escaped the cacophony by strapping on snowshoes and slipping into the Great North Woods," 15 Jan. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Also in that particular drawer: dog biscuits, rawhide chews — and the pristine bunny. Washington Post, "Our dog loves his chew toy so much that we bought a duplicate, just in case," 28 Mar. 2021 The unplugged, pastoral side to baseball, with its hickory bats, Kentucky bluegrass, rawhide, and western Pennsylvania dirt, isn’t going away. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "MLB will dip into a technology bag of tricks this season to aid players and engage fans," 18 Mar. 2021 Queenie had eschewed chew toys and rawhide and Greenies, deciding instead that nothing was more satisfying than Daddy’s computer cables. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "Fisher-Paulson: An unfortunate accident brings up wonderful memories," 17 Nov. 2020 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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15 Apr 2021

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“Rawhide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rawhide. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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