Definition of shepherd's crook in US English:

shepherd's crook

noun

  • A staff with a hook at one end used by shepherds.

    • ‘You can get a small boy or girl with a shepherd's crook and then the hundred sheep believe that that small boy is the alpha sheep and they'll follow it.’
    • ‘A rather odious collection of Middle England and Etonian youth carrying unscathed shepherd's crooks and blowing hunting horns does not make a mass popular upwelling of feeling.’
    • ‘Eyeing the seated figure, I note that it is an old man with a shepherd's crook.’
    • ‘Usually blonde, befitting the land of the wattle, often with a shepherd's crook representing the wool industry, she was always young, clear-eyed, and innocent.’
    • ‘It made them think of Gabe, who'd had no dog, and how well he'd managed his sheep with just his shepherd's crook.’
    • ‘Standing in their midst was a demon with a gigantic iron shepherd's crook.’
    • ‘Skilled woodworkers would also be adept at making two other items in John's series: shepherd's crooks and milking stools.’
    • ‘Along with an exhibition tracing the roots of everything from Ayrshire shepherd's crooks to the Orkney Chair, audiences will have the chance to see craftsmen and women working each day in the museum.’
    • ‘In the third act she performs a solo with a shepherd's crook, swivelling her hips and stroking the staff with her legs, that would not be out of place for a pole dancer in a dubious Soho nightspot.’
    • ‘So I grabbed a coat and the Professor's great-grandfather's shepherd's crook, and went to see what I could do to help.’
    • ‘He picked up his shepherd's crook from its resting place, and shrugged quickly into his cloak which lay beside it, and bound it about his waist with a cloth girdle.’
    • ‘The door of the drier was held shut by a shepherd's crook wedged between it and the window frame.’
    • ‘Among the designs are a traditional spear, French spear, shepherd's crook, fleur de lis and twisted bird cage.’
    • ‘The disease causes branch tips to bend so they resemble a shepherd's crook.’
    • ‘In one hand, he twirls a shepherd's crook while the other seems to rest on the bovine back of one of his herd.’
    • ‘On the late eighteenth-century candlestand lie a redware plate from Huntington, New York, a New England basket, and the wrought-iron tip to a shepherd's crook.’
    • ‘In the final painting the false clergyman gets his final due as Satan uses a shepherd's crook to snag him as he enters heaven.’
    • ‘He is an extraordinary humpty-dumpty figure with an enormous head and stomach set upon tiny legs, supported by a shepherd's crook.’
    • ‘He started with a plastic fan trellis, a steel shepherd's crook with a double hook, three pieces of ½ inch diameter PVC pipe, a drill and stainless steel wire.’
    • ‘That looks very much to me like a shepherd's crook, with noose the size of a sheep's head, etc.’