Small deer

petty game, not worth pursuing; - used metaphorically. (See citation from Shakespeare under the first definition, above.
- G. P. Marsh.

See also: Deer

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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As we called to him he waved his cap, and stooping, lifted a small deer for our inspection.
It was with a feeling of greater relief than he had experienced for many a day that he set out that noon to hunt deep in the jungle for a herd of small deer which Schneider reported that he and Schmidt had seen there the day before.
They called out to us, and Ajor answered them; but her replies did not seem to satisfy them, for they gradually became threatening, and I think they were preparing to attack us when a small deer that had been hiding in some low brush suddenly broke cover and dashed across our front.
`Rats and mice and such small deer,' as Shakespeare has it,
I remember running violently in and out among the moonlit bushes all round the sphinx, and startling some white animal that, in the dim light, I took for a small deer. I remember, too, late that night, beating the bushes with my clenched fist until my knuckles were gashed and bleeding from the broken twigs.
The zoo has a pair of adult Patagonian maras, which are large, unusual looking species of rodent, with long hare-like ears and a body resembling that of a small deer.
The zoo has a pair of adult Patagonian maras, which are a large, unusual looking species of rodent, with long hare-like ears and a body resembling that of a small deer.
I have used both the .44 mag and 10mm to stop small deer with one well-placed shot.
RSPCA animal collection officer Shane Lynn was on his way to his office when, out of the corner of his eye, he saw a small deer on its own on a cycle path.
While on the way to his office in County Durham RSPCA animal collection officer Shane Lynn saw the small deer out of the corner of his eye.
We had said if anybody sees her, not to try and pick her up because her talons are really strong, they're that strong they could kill a small deer but that was completely taken out of context.

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