in calf
phrasal pregnant — used of a cow

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • in calf — phrasal : pregnant used of a cow * * * in (or with) calf (of a cow) pregnant * * * in/with ˈcalf idiom (of a cow) pregnant Main entry: ↑calfidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • in-calf —  ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: in (I) + calf of a cow, chiefly Britain : pregnant …   Useful english dictionary

  • in calf —    pregnant    Literally of cows, vulgarly of women. Also as in foal, pig, pod, and pup:     [Queen Victoria] had just discovered that she was in foal for the ninth time. (Fraser, 1975)     I m in pig, what d you think of that? A most hideous… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • To bind in calf — Переплетать в кожу …   Краткий толковый словарь по полиграфии

  • Calf — Calf, n.; pl. {Calves}. [OE. calf, kelf, AS. cealf; akin to D. kalf, G. kalb, Icel. k[=a]lfr, Sw. kalf, Dan. kalv, Goth. kalb[=o]; cf. Skr. garbha fetus, young, Gr. ?????, Skr grabh to seize, conceive, Ir. colpa, colpach, a calf. [root]222.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Calf's-foot jelly — Calf Calf, n.; pl. {Calves}. [OE. calf, kelf, AS. cealf; akin to D. kalf, G. kalb, Icel. k[=a]lfr, Sw. kalf, Dan. kalv, Goth. kalb[=o]; cf. Skr. garbha fetus, young, Gr. ?????, Skr grabh to seize, conceive, Ir. colpa, colpach, a calf. [root]222.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • calf — n. 1) a calf bleats 2) in calf (the cow was in calf) 3) (misc.) the meat of the calf is veal * * * [kɑːf] (misc.) the meat of the calf is veal a calf bleats in calf (the cow was in calf) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • calf —    ‘How now, you wanton calf, Art thou my calf?’ says Leontes to his son Mamillius, in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Applied to a person, ‘calf’ seems to have had a wide range of meanings in the seventeenth century. It could imply meekness,… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • calf — calf1 calfless, adj. calflike, adj. /kaf, kahf/, n., pl. calves /kavz, kahvz/. 1. the young of the domestic cow or other bovine animal. 2. the young of certain other mammals, as the elephant, seal, and whale. 3. calfskin leather. 4. Informal. an… …   Universalium

  • calf — noun plural calves, (C) 1 the part of the back of your leg between your knee and your ankle 2 the baby of a cow, or of some other large animals such as the elephant 3 be in calf if a cow is in calf, it is going to have a baby see also: kill the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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