One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Feed (a young animal) by hand.‘I hope they're having success with poddy-rearing the foal’
- ‘Anyone who has poddy reared a foal finds it hard to resist the temptation to play with the little orphan.’
- ‘He was poddy reared after his mother nearly killed him.’
- ‘The gain in quality of milk made up for the time lost through poddy-rearing them.’
- ‘She looked after the poddy reared yearlings.’
- ‘The calves had to be poddy-reared.’
- ‘She was rescued by a fellow who poddy reared her.’
- ‘I hope they're having success with poddy rearing the foal.’
- ‘Our neighbour's spoilt poddy reared heifer kept jumping out.’
- ‘The father was kicked by a poddy-reared draught horse.’
- ‘He was poddy reared because his mother died.’
Late 19th century: from poddy, in the Australian sense ‘calf fed by hand’.
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