cattle drive (plural cattle drives)
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- The process of transporting a herd of bovine animals (such as bulls, cows, or steers) by compelling them to walk across a significant distance of countryside, under the escort of drovers on horseback and often over a period of days.
- 1884, "Beef: From the Range to the Shambles," Harper's New Monthly Magazine, vol. 69, no. 409 (June), p. 292,
- With the great annual cattle drives which start from the arid plains of the Red River and the Pecos comes the wild cowboy, with his six-shooter on his hip.
- A trail or route used for the movement of herds of cattle.
- 1880, Thomas Hardy, The Trumpet Major, ch. 1,
- On the other side of the mill-pond was an open place called the Cross, because it was three-quarters of one, two lanes and a cattle-drive meeting there.