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A derogatory term used as either an adjective or a noun
adjective Referring to a doctor who performs surgery, but isn’t fully qualified and is thus known as a 'cowboy surgeon'
noun A doctor who performs a type of surgery—e.g., a hair transplant—with little experience for the procedure
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This book provides a collection of biographies of dozens of young people who made a mark in American history, including explorers, planters, spies, cowpunchers, sweatshop workers, and civil rights activists.
Thus the movie affirms that the West is destined to become something other than an abode of ruffians, unattached lawmen, saloon girls, card sharks, and cowpunchers.
It was monstrous that we had been tricked by Tom Mix and Zane Grey and all the others whose bloated fancies have produced such glamorous exaggerations about dashing cowpunchers on big roans defying death on landslides in order to do justice to the black-mustached villains.
Cowpunchers understand him [ldots] It is not just English he teaches, but character, and manhood, and womanhood, and love, and courage, and pride.
Part cartoon, part visual history book, this poster whimsically portrayed the rodeo in Salinas, California, with a border rich in details of the cowboy world - spurs, saddles, brands - and a frieze chronicling Western horsemen from conquistadores to vaqueros to Texas cowpunchers. Drawn in 1933, it is still available in reproduction today.
Wister set <IR> THE VIRGINIAN </IR> (1902) among Wyoming cowpunchers of the 1870s and 1880s, establishing many of the patterns of fiction about the West, and London took readers to the Klondike and the Oakland waterfront.
The town is alive with cardplayers, friendly women, drunks, and restless cowpunchers, all ready to tell you stories and take everything you got."
Michele Morris, The Cowboy Life: A Saddlebag Guide for Dudes, Tenderfeet, and Cowpunchers Everywhere (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993), 244--45.