One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘We had 450 sheep, 20 tups and 150 cattle culled and lying in a shed for 10 days before they could go on the pyre.’
- ‘The sheep interbreed competition resulted in Mr Marwood being pulled forward with his home bred Charollais ewe, a daughter of the renowned tup Westonvale Jubilee, on its first show outing.’
- ‘A flock of 200 ewes, half of which are Suffolks and the rest Mules, are run with either a Texel or a Suffolk tup to produce fat lambs.’
- ‘I also said that November was the usual time for letting tups go with sheep; this is so, but I should also remind you about the month of October.’
- ‘For the Harpers, the sheep farming year begins in September when they put their tups to their ewes.’
- ‘Farmers are having to apply for licences in order to be allowed to bring tups to ewes and bulls to cows for breeding.’
- ‘A farmer buying some replacement breeding ewes or a new tup could not then move his store lambs or suckler calves.’
- ‘It is a long time, probably beyond the memory of man, since the percentage sold of tups has been as high.’
verb[with object]often as noun tupping
1(of a ram) copulate with (a ewe).
- ‘The farmers in the group have had to coordinate tupping so that fresh lambs, around 70 each month, are available all year round.’
- ‘Owners of breeding ewes in this position may well have to consider tupping their remaining flock before offering them for sale.’
- 1.1vulgar slang (of a man) have sexual intercourse with (a woman).
Middle English: of unknown origin.
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