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calf love

A mild, generally temporary crush, infatuation, or romantic attraction, especially that which is not expected to last or come to fruition. It's not uncommon for long-term medical patients to experience a bit of calf love for their nurses or doctors after a while. Ben always devotes himself to some new calf love that he can pour his adoration onto, but it never comes to anything serious.
See also: calf, love

puppy love

A state of short-lived infatuation or romantic attraction among children or adolescents. Puppy love is starting to bloom among many of my fifth-graders.
See also: love, puppy

kill the fatted calf

Fig. to prepare an elaborate banquet (in someone's honor). (From the biblical story recounting the return of the prodigal son.) When Bob got back from college, his parents killed the fatted calf and threw a great party. Sorry this meal isn't much, John. We didn't have time to kill the fatted calf.
See also: calf, fat, kill

puppy love

Fig. mild infatuation; infatuation as in a crush. (Used especially of adolescent relationships.) Is it really love or just puppy love? Look at them together. It may be puppy love, but it looks wonderful.
See also: love, puppy

kill the fatted calf

to celebrate in order to welcome a friend or relative that you have not seen for a long time
Usage notes: This phrase comes from a story in the Bible when a father killed a young cow in order to celebrate the return of his son who he thought was dead.
Annie's coming home, let's kill the fatted calf!
See also: calf, fat, kill

puppy love

romantic love which a young person feels for someone and which usually disappears as they become older At the time I was sure I would marry him when I grew up but of course it was just puppy love.
See also: love, puppy

kill the fatted calf

Prepare for a joyful occasion or a warm welcome. For example, When Bill comes home from his trip to Korea we're going to kill the fatted calf. This expression alludes to the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), whose father welcomed him by serving the choicest calf after his return. [Early 1600s]
See also: calf, fat, kill

puppy love

Also, calf love. Adolescent love or infatuation, especially one that is not expected to last, as in Beth is besotted with him, but we think it's just puppy love, or He's got a bad case of calf love. [First half of 1800s]
See also: love, puppy

puppy love

n. mild infatuation; infatuation as in a crush. Look at them together. It may be puppy love, but it looks wonderful.
See also: love, puppy

kill the fatted calf

To hold a celebration, usually a long-awaited homecoming. Luke 15:23 describes the return of the prodigal son as, “And bring here the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry . . .” Although the guest of honor in the biblical parable was a wastrel whose father welcomed home, “to kill the fatted calf” can refer to a party for anyone whom the host is pleased to see.
See also: calf, fat, kill

puppy love

A juvenile crush, an infatuation. The phrase refers to an adolescent male's total devotion to the object of his affection by displaying the uncritical ardor of a young dog to its owner. “Mooning over” and “calf eyes” are apt phrases for such an affliction. The 1960s teen singing idol Neil Sedaka had a hit record of a song by that name.
See also: love, puppy
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If restraining him with ropes, you need a rope around his head and one front leg so the calf will not choke and also so he cannot get up, or a halter on the head, and both front feet secured with another rope, and a rope around both hind legs with a half hitch so he can't kick out of it.
The calf stood in about an hour and began nursing almost immediately.
The passive transfer of immunity status (classified as failure, marginal, or adequate), health status, management interventions, and other animal factors (ie, age of the dam, sex of the calf, duration of gestation, and dam or neonatal behaviour) were not considered as continuous or categorical predictor variables in the study.
Two second calvers, with calves at foot by Anside Diageo and both PD in calf again to Hafodlas Domino, sold for pounds 2,900.
When we calve a cow we need to try to visualise the position of the calf inside the cow and it can be a challenge to puzzle out the presentation.
In Hokkaido, 9 of 10 BSE-infected calves were fed calf concentrates produced in the same feed factory.
So even if Cham Leck can't outrun its pals, having additional appendages makes this calf unique.
Members reared a calf, learned to keep records and accounts of the costs and to total their income or loss when the calf was sold.
One peculiarity of moose prepartum behavior, important for successful calf survival, is the tendency to find the most solitary place for labor.
First, you should see a sports medicine professional to make sure that your injury is in fact in the calf muscle and not the Achilles tendon.
According to the Kagoshima Prefectural Cattle Breeding Development Institute, the male calf, weighing 40 kilograms, was born by Cesarean section.
You have to work those calf muscles: the gastrocnemius (gastrahk-NEE-mee-us) and the soleus (SOH-lee-us).
This calf marks the twentieth birth in what is already the largest sustainable population of captive Asian elephants in the Western Hemisphere.
He is focussing on colostrum, housing and vaccination in a three-pronged approach to preventing calf pneumonia outbreaks.