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Topic: ANIMALS

Language: Old English
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lamb

1 noun
     
lamb
lamb1
1 [countable]HBA a young sheep
2 [uncountable]DFF the meat of a young sheep [↪ mutton]:
roast lamb
3 [countable] spoken used to talk to or talk about someone who is gentle and lovable, especially a child:
Ben's asleep now, the little lamb.
4

like a lamb to the slaughter

used when someone is going to do something dangerous, but they do not realize it or have no choice
5

like a lamb

quietly and without any argument:
Suzie went off to school like a lamb today.

➔ mutton dressed as lamb

at mutton (2)
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