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mow 1

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verb (past participle mowed or mown)

[with object]
1Cut down (grass) with a machine: Roger mowed the lawn (as adjective mown) the delicious smell of newly mown grass
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  • When they did sit down to eat, they were surrounded by the smell of newly mown grass.
  • It was a hot day and the windows were open and the smell of newly mown grass wafted in from the playing fields.
  • As I walked up the freshly mowed lawn, I saw the usual sight.
1.1chiefly historical Cut down (grass or a cereal crop) with a scythe: (as adjective mown) their job was to rake the mown corn ready for carting
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  • In the mosque courtyard, workers mowed grass, raked out brush and freshened up old flower beds with new green plants.
  • The illustrations in such medieval prayer books represented the work of the season: here a peasant mows a meadow.
  • We know of several people who mow lawns with a scythe.

Phrasal verbs

mow someone down

1
Kill someone with a fusillade of bullets or other missiles: he was mown down in a hail of machine-gun bullets
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  • On Friday, 20 guerrillas captured 8 policemen at a checkpoint near the city, took them to their offices, and mowed them down with gunfire.
  • It's about one of the prisoners who did escape as they were marched out there, blindfolded and put before mass graves, and they mowed them down and they buried them.
  • It is not surprising that they were mown down by machine-gun fire.
Synonyms
kill, gun down, shoot down, cut down, cut to pieces, butcher, slaughter, massacre, decimate, annihilate, exterminate, liquidate, wipe out, destroy
informalblow away
North American informalsmoke
literaryslay
1.1Recklessly knock down someone with a car or other vehicle: a father-of-four was mown down and killed as he cycled home from work
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  • The gates are now closed from 10.00 till 17.00 and 4-wheeled vehicles can no longer mow us down.
  • Two sons said yesterday they had forgiven the car thieves who killed their father by mowing him down on his garage forecourt.
  • Last August, Fletcher landed in intensive care after a car mowed him down while he was crossing a street in Carmel Valley, California.

Origin

Old English māwan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch maaien, German mähen 'mow', also to mead2.

Words that rhyme with mow

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noun

North American or dialect
1A stack of hay, corn, or other crop: a hay mow
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  • The main theme of his article was about how hay knives were used to cut sections from the stack or mow.
  • Most often it was set up in a barn beside the mow of loose hay.
  • And before night they'd finished threshing the whole mow of wheat.
1.1A place in a barn where a stack of hay, corn, etc. is put.
Example sentences
  • By July 15th or 20th, the hay was all stowed away in the barn mows.
  • Seventy and more years ago, loose hay for feed and straw for bedding were lifted into the mows by a system of knives and pulleys.
  • A small, freshly planked room below the straw mow was filled with oats, enough to last until next August.

Origin

Old English mūga; of unknown ultimate origin; compare with Swedish and Norwegian muga 'heap'.

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