One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An annual dance marking the end of the shearing season in a particular area.‘the shearers' ball became one of the highlights of the social calendar’
- ‘The Shearers' Balls were organised by pastoralists for both their workers and the local community.’
- ‘We're giving a shearers' ball, and there's nobody can play like him.’
- ‘When the clip is near completion, then they hold the shearer's ball.’
- ‘The shearers' balls, once the glory of every big woolshed, lapsed after the strike of the 1890s.’
- ‘The Shearers' Ball lasted a week and was talked about, justifiably, for all the next year.’
- ‘It isn't a shearers' ball but what can you expect from a woman that keeps open house?’
- ‘When the men came back, there was a Shearers' Ball.’
- ‘She agrees to meet him at the Shearer's Ball, to discuss the matter.’
- ‘He had been the ugly duckling at shearers' balls, always sitting out dances.’
- ‘If you took her to a shearers' ball, don't reckon you'd find a mug'd take her off your hands.’
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