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The act of giving monetary reward to cows that have provided good service.

This is particularly common in rural societies, where cows are routinely employed in the service industry. Cows are not entitled to the minimum wage and rely heavily on tips.

Many cows blow their tips on their grass habit.

Not to be confused with cow topping, which is the selective removal of the extremities of a cow, to encourage further growth.
Heather 1: Hey let's get drunk and go cow tipping tonight!

Heather 2: Well if you're going to get drunk make sure to leave a good tip for the cow.
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Mythical rural activity in which the perpetrators sneak up on a sleeping, standing cow in the dead of night and push it over sideways. Tends not to work for several reasons:

1. Cows don't sleep standing up (unlike horses, which do), nor do they zone out while standing up unless they're seriously ill.
2. Cows are quite heavy.
3. Dairy farmers hate this sort of shit and will probably bring it all over your dumb ass if they spot you trying.

Mostly it's a ploy to get foolish drunk people out in pastures in the middle of the night. People who've watched Heathers a few too many times might actually try it on their own.
Yee-haw! We gonna' treat you right, city slickers, with some good ol' fashioned cow-tippin' tonight! Finish yer beers and let's go git 'em!
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The theorectical act of pushing a cow over in the middle of the night while it is sleeping. This is of course impossible since cows sleep lying down.

Tipping a cow over, though, is possible if you have a few other people with you. Too bad that you could accidentally kill the poor cow if you actually succeed
Bob went cow tipping one night and now he's in jail for animal abuse and property damage
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A hypothetical activity in which cows sleeping while standing up at night are tipped over by a modest exertion of force by (an often inebriated) person. This activity is believed to be physically impossible to accomplish for any reasonable large cow. Most commonly it is played as an in joke among rural people to make fun of urban folks who do not know any better and can be easily convinced that it is possible.

See Snipe Hunt.
Joe and I got plastered and went out cow-tipping. What a blast!
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to tip over a cow while it is sleeping and then run away before it wakes up
Joe got arrested for cowtipping on Farmer Dan's farm.
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A semi-sporting event involving the pushing over of bovine livestock.

The origins of this sport are unknown and there are few set rules.

The aim of the game is for a small team of "tippers" (often numbering from 3-10) to successfully sneak up on a cow, without detection, and push over or "tip" said cow until it is laying completely horizontal on the ground. The tippers then flee the field to a pre-arranged safe area not in the same field as the cow and not on the land of the farm owner, this safe area is often the home of a tipper or a local public house.

The use of tripping aids, such as ropes, is allowed in this sport and are often deployed in two pronged pincer moves against the intended target.

There are hazards in this sport. The main of which is of the course the cow itself. Often after being tipped the cow may give chase on it's attackers and potentially gore them (horns permitting), there is also a risk of a team member being crushed by the cow as it falls.

Pregnant and nursing cows are not permitted to be tipped in this sport. Bulls are fair game and worth more points because of the increased risk. Multi-tips are also worth more points.

Multi-tips are achieved when a team of tippers successfully tip more than one cow in a field before exiting gaining two points for each additional cow after the first. ie. the first cow is 1pt. the second/third/fourth/fifth etc. are worth 2pts.

Scoring:
Cow 1pt, additional cows 2pts.
Bull 2pts, additional cows 3pts.
Bull 2pts, additional bulls 5pts.

Rules and scoring may vary according to counrty, region and local custom.

Only one round may be played in each field of cows, as soon as any team member leaves the field the round is over and the score finalized. This game can be played by any number of teams of equal size.
Cow-tipping is not a recognized sporting event, however it is found is many countries around the world.
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