Cow Idioms

Cows—or cattle—are big domesticated mammals. They are very popular among humans, for their meat (beef and veal), milk and cart-pulling ability. Their genome has been fully decoded.

They are prey animals and will avoid confrontation when possible.

To decide who the top cow is, there is almost never overt violence. Instead, small threatening gestures and mock fights are sufficient.

Long ago cattle was used as a form of money. You could trade three chickens for a cow, etc.

Cattle health is important because cattle diseases are not that uncommon and not too long ago there was an outbreak of mad cow disease that caused worldwide organizations to react. Cattle health has generally improved since the 1980s.

Moo may represent an idea, but only the cow knows.

Idioms with the word Cow

A sacred cow: A belief or system that is kept in place through the combined non-verbal admission that it shouldn’t be criticized. Example: France’s labor laws.

Awkward as a cow on a crutch: Clumsy.

Cash cow: An investment that is positive and generates income and profit.

Cow juice: This one’s quite obvious. What do you think this juice yes? Yes, it’s milk.

Cow chip: This means something not very hygienic, and is usually specifically used for cow manure.

Cow college: A college that offers degrees in agriculture. It can also be used in an insulting way: a college that is not well known or very obscure.

Cow flop: A large mass of the feces of our mooing friends. Also known as plop or doot.

Cow into: Bully someone into doing something, usually through underhanded and emotionally manipulative means.

Cow paste: Butter.

Don’t have a cow: A phrase uttered by the famous Bart Simpson. It means that you shouldn’t get upset.

Holy cow: Expressing surprise or amazement.

How now, brown cow: A sentence used to teach how vowels work.

I don't believe that you have to be a cow to know what milk is.

Till the cows come home: For a very, very long time.

Tin cow: Canned milk

Why buy a cow when you can get milk for free: A proverb used to describe a situation where paying is not the right move because you can get the object of your desire for free.

You can only milk a cow so long, then you're left holding the pail.