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n. Slang
A movie about frontier or cowboy life; a western.

[From the prominence of horses, known for their taste for oats, in such films.]
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(Film) slang another name for Western
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈwɛs tərn)

1. lying toward or situated in the west.
2. directed or proceeding toward the west: a western migration.
3. coming or originating from the west, as a wind.
4. (often cap.) of or pertaining to the West in the U.S.
5. (usu. cap.) Occidental.
6. (usu. cap.) of or pertaining to the non-Communist countries of Europe and the Americas.
7. (cap.) of or pertaining to the Western Church.
8. (often cap.) a story, movie, or radio or television play about the U.S. West of the 19th century.
9. a person or thing from a western region or country.
[before 1050; Middle English, Old English westerne; see west, -ern]
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A gunslinger, a bank robber, a prospector, a trapper, and a gal in search of a good man all commingle with so many other saddle-worn tropes of the oater genre that the film at first feels like a cartoon.
That's Joseph Blocker, the gruff captain portrayed by Christian Bale in Scott Cooper's old-style oater Hostiles [which screened in December at the Dubai International Film Festival], to a T.
de dun-dun-dun!), but the movie itself is what Variety, in the old days, would have called a light-hearted, action-heavy oater. It gave seven actors, led by the diamond-sharp glare of Yul Brynner, a chance to strut their hambone stuff.
Indeed, ascribing to the ways of the oater gives the film extra layers likely to have been left wanting otherwise.
Having motored to the top of the lake, Richard and I opted for di[euro]erent approaches; Richard went for the popular Di3 line, while I opted for a oater.
Another fall star, outfielder Chuck Essegian, appeared in yet another oater, Sugarfoot.
The Oater Total Open, Coverage of the second-round matches at the Khalifa International Tennis Complex, where places in the quarter-finals are at stake.
Following his 11-year NFL career, Oater has embarked on a legal and real estate career, and was instrumental in securing Florham Park as a practice site for the New York Jets.
After a series of misfires and formulaic popcorn fodder, John Singleton's also back on form with this contemporary rework of Henry Hathaway's 60s oater The Sons of Katie Elder