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sheep dip

also sheep-dip (shēp′dĭp′)
Any of various liquid preparations containing pesticides into which sheep are dipped to control external parasites.
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1. (Agriculture) any of several liquid disinfectants and insecticides in which sheep are immersed to kill vermin and germs in their fleece
2. (Agriculture) a deep trough containing such a liquid
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a lotion or wash usu. applied by immersion to the fleece or skin of a sheep to kill vermin.
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It was an exceedingly effective sheep-dip as it helped eradicate ticks and the like that caused such problems in sheep.
Ducks will be used instead of sheep for a sheep-dip demonstration today at Loughborough Agricultural Show.
A BOY of two drowned after falling into his farmer dad's sheep-dip.
In the show, Shaun and his flock will get up to all sorts of adventures, including synchronised swimming in sheep-dip and disguising themselves in scarecrow's clothes.
And if the horny-handed sons of the soil want to get together once a year to discuss the price of sheep-dip then fair play to them.
Farmers are not longer allowed to use cypermethrin as a sheep-dip but it seems it is still being used within the forest industry as a spray to protect young trees from disease.
From 3pm, visitors will be able to rejoice in all things woolly with a sheep stall selling all kinds of mutton memorabilia, a sheep-dip, bran tub, sheep and dog displays, a four-legged photography competition and, of course, lamb burgers for those who have worked up an appetite.