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Casting one's withers

Posted by john on March 11, 2010 at 20:25

In Reply to: Casting one's withers posted by Richelene on March 04, 2010 at 09:10:

: Do you know the meaning and origin of "casting one's withers"?
I'm curious about the context you've heard this used in. "Casting withers" is an expression that means a prolapsed uterus. Sometimes, when a cow (or a sheep) give birth the womb is turned inside out and forced out through the birth canal. She is said to have "cast her withers". Farmers have their own unique language. If it's used metaphorically, I can't imagine what is being meant....Yikes!