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sheepskin

slang A diploma for graduating from high school or college. Alludes to the fact that diplomas were once printed upon actual sheepskin. It doesn't matter how many sheepskins you have hanging on your wall, it doesn't change the fact that you are an unbridled schmuck! It took me nearly eight years doing classes on nights and weekends, but I finally earned my sheepskin from UCLA!

sheepskin

n. a high school or college diploma. When you get that sheepskin on the wall, you’ll feel like it was all worth something.
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The four on this side are all workers, three of them in the service of the bailiff of Sir Baldwin Redvers, and the other, he with the sheepskin, is, as I hear, a villein from the midlands who hath run from his master.
I confess I was more moved at their stupidity and brutish worship of a hobgoblin than ever I was at anything in my life, and, overcome with rage, I rode up to the hideous idol, and with my sword made a stroke at the bonnet that was on its head, and cut it in two; and one of our men that was with me, taking hold of the sheepskin that covered it, pulled at it, when, behold, a most hideous outcry ran through the village, and two or three hundred people came about my ears, so that I was glad to scour for it, for some had bows and arrows; but I resolved from that moment to visit them again.
Taking a last whiff of his cigarette he threw it down, stepped on it, and letting the smoke escape through his moustache and looking askance at the horse that was coming up, began to tuck in his sheepskin collar on both sides of his ruddy face, clean-shaven except for the moustache, so that his breath should not moisten the collar.
But if you're coming you'd better put on a warmer cloak,' said Vasili Andreevich, smiling again as he winked at Nikita's short sheepskin coat, which was torn under the arms and at the back, was greasy and out of shape, frayed to a fringe round the skirt, and had endured many things in its lifetime.
Then, drawing his worn narrow girdle round him, he drew in his breath, pulling in his lean stomach still more, and girdled himself as tightly as he could over his sheepskin.
And working his shoulders up and down to free his arms, he put the coat over his sheepskin, arched his back more strongly to ease his arms, poked himself under the armpits, and took down his leather-covered mittens from the shelf.
Jason went from Greece to a kingdom near the Black Sea renowned for using sheepskins to collect gold grains and flakes from mountain streams.
The sheepskins were collected and tanned, then stitched into vests by an 'army' of volunteers coordinated by the Red Cross.
They were wearing grey clothes but had full sheepskins, including the sheep's heads, over their heads and backs," the Sun quoted a farm worker at La Almeda as saying.
New European Union regulations reportedly prohibit the long-standing practice of exporting Faroese sheepskins to the European market, especially to Germany.
AYOU can get gorgeous dyed sheepskins perfect for a bedroom from a wonderful firm based in London called Stepan Tertsakian.
VISITORS to Charlecote Park will soon be able to visit a new farm shop selling sheepskins and wool from the estate's Jacob sheep.
Farmers claim the Russian economic crisis has left them with mountains of surplus sheepskins.