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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

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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0 kg reported for Holstein-Friesian calves on the Accra Plains [13].
Heifer + calves at foot Overall av pounds 1,666; BB + bull calf to pounds 2,600; BB + Hfr calf to pounds 2,200; Lim + bull calf to pounds 2,420; Lim + hfr calf to pounds 2,320; WB x + bull calf to pounds 2,360; WB x + hfr calf to pounds 1,820; Bld + bull calf to pounds 1,7680; Bld + hfr calf to pounds 1,580; Hfd x + bull calf to pounds 1,100.
Mean serum trace element (Zn) for all calves and their mothers according to different times are shown in table 1.
All calves except calf 21 and calf X, each of which had not consumed colostrum before sampling, had antibodies against BTV.
Farmers are faced with the choice of shooting the bull calves at a few days old or exporting them to Europe where they're condemned to conditions that are illegal in the UK.
I was unfortunate to be travelling to Cardiff behind a cattle lorry full of calves being transported to Europe and dreaded to think of the suffering they were to face.
This warm water may have caused the ice on which the calves were resting to recede north toward the much-deeper Arctic Ocean.
These calves are not considered ideal for beef because their breed has been optimised for milk production.
More farmers are selling their calves at the new Shrewsbury Livestock Market, which opened earlier this month.
Three out of some 500 calves imported on a cargo flight from New Zealand escaped from a cage shortly after arriving at Narita airport outside Tokyo on Tuesday, airport officials said.
Last year, over $49 billion of cattle and calves were sold, the total U.
But more preweaned calves (253 of 503) than postweaned calves (92 of 468) were infected.
In 2004 we expect to substantially increase the harvest of cows and calves using registration and late season hunts and continuing education programs.