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Definition of herd noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a group of animals of the same type that live and feed together a herd of cows/deer/elephants a beef/dairy herd compare flock
  2. 2(usually disapproving) a large group of people of the same type She pushed her way through a herd of lunchtime drinkers. the common herd (= ordinary people) Why follow the herd (= do and think the same as everyone else)?
  3. Idioms
    ride herd on somebody/something (informal)
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    to keep watch or control over someone or something police riding herd on crowds of youths on the streets
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