One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An improvised noise-making device used to drive sheep in the absence of a sheepdog.‘Barcoo dogs were rattled to keep the herd on the winding path’
- ‘A "Barcoo dog" is exceedingly useful for driving sheep or goats without a dog to work them.’
- ‘A number of "bush" instruments are introduced, such as the lagerphone and the barcoo dog.’
- ‘I remember seeing a couple of musicians who, when they played for children, would scatter a few Barcoo Dogs for the children to rattle along with them.’
- ‘I'd sooner sing these doleful drones by barcoo dog and lager phone.’
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