Owling
Owl Owl, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Owled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Owling}.] 1. To pry about; to prowl. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

2. To carry wool or sheep out of England. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Note: This was formerly illegal, and was done chiefly by night. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, to carry on any contraband trade. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]


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  • Owling — may refer to: Owling (internet meme), the practice of crouching like an owl in unusual places. Owling (legal term), an archaic English legal term referring to the practice of smuggling sheep. This disambiguation page lists articles associated… …   Wikipedia

  • Owling — Owl ing, n. [From {Owl}, v. i.] (O. Eng. Law) The offense of transporting wool or sheep out of England contrary to the statute formerly existing. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • owling — noun formerly, the smuggling of sheep or wool out of England See Also: owler …   Wiktionary

  • owling — owl·ing …   English syllables

  • Owling —    Hunter calls that imitate the sound of an owl …   Hunting glossary

  • owling — /aw(a)lir)/ In English law, the offense of transporting wool or sheep out of the kingdom; so called from its being usually carried on in the night. 4 Bl.Comm. 154 …   Black's law dictionary

  • owling — A crime which was so called from its being usually carried on in the night, and which consisted of transporting wool or sheep out of England. The offense existed at common law, but was also made a statutory offense in the reign of Edward the… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • owling — ˈau̇liŋ noun ( s) Etymology: owl (I) + ing; probably from the nocturnal habits of the owl : the act of smuggling wool or sheep out of England; also : the carrying on of contraband trade of any kind …   Useful english dictionary

  • Owling (legal term) — Not to be confused with Owling (internet meme). Owling was a common term for the smuggling of sheep or wool from England to another country, particularly France. The practice was illegal in England from 1367 until 1824. Participants were called… …   Wikipedia

  • Planking (fad) — Not to be confused with Plank (exercise). Person planking in a field Planking (or the Lying Dow …   Wikipedia

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