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Language: Old English
Origin: sceap

sheep

noun
     
sheep
Related topics: Animals
sheep S2 W3 plural sheep [countable]
1HBA a farm animal that is kept for its wool and its meat:
Sheep were grazing on the hillside.
a sheep farmer
flock of sheep (=a group of sheep)
lamb1
2

like sheep

if people behave like sheep, they do not think independently, but follow what everyone else does or thinks:
Tourists were led around like sheep, from shrine to souvenir shop.
3

separate the sheep from the goats

British English to find out which people are intelligent, skilful, successful etc, and which are not:
This test should really separate the sheep from the goats.
4

make sheep's eyes at somebody

old-fashioned to look at someone in a way that shows you love them
black sheep

; ➔ count sheep

at count1 (12)

; ➔ a wolf in sheep's clothing

at wolf1 (2)

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