long paddock

long paddock
A public road with grass edge that is used by graziers to feed stock. The long paddock is used extensively in times of drought to keep animals alive. 'On William Hovell Drive, to enable the cattle to find some feed in these difficult times using the ''long paddock principle'', a farmer has electrified an area on the side of the road for the protection of their stock to allow them to graze.' (Canberra Times 19 February 2007). The term was first recorded in 1929.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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