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Definition of sheep noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



(pl. sheep)
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  •   an animal with a thick coat, kept on farms for its meat (calledmuttonlamb) or its wool a flock of sheep Sheep were grazing in the fields. compare ewe, lamb, RAM see also black sheep
  • Idioms
    count sheep
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    to imagine that sheep are jumping over a fence and to count them, as a way of getting to sleep
    like sheep (disapproving)
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    if people behave like sheep, they all do what the others are doing, without thinking for themselves
    a wolf in sheep's clothing
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    a person who seems to be friendly or harmless but is really an enemy
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sheep