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    something done to a cow

    There's one phrase I read from a book I don't understand:
    "...as far as she was concerned, branding was something done to a cow."

    What does it mean by "done to a cow"? Is it an idiom?

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    Re: something done to a cow

    'Branding' can be used in the context of a product. (for example: Suzuki is a brand name)
    'Branding' also refers to the marking of an animal's skin to show who it belongs to.
    So in this case 'branding was something done to a cow' is literal.

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    Re: something done to a cow

    "Branding is something which farmers do to cows" - does that help?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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