‘greyhound in the slips’,

A person wrote to me today and used the expression ‘like a greyhound in the slips’, I didn’t know what this meant, but I liked the way the words were put together so I looked it up on the computer. I found this  meaning first


4. To let loose in pursuit of game, as a greyhound.

        [1913 Webster]

This didn’t really explain it, so I looked up ‘greyhound’. A greyhound is a type of dog that run in races for people to watch and guess which one will win.



In ASFA trials, hounds receive a numerical score based on speed (25), agility (25), endurance (20), enthusiasm (15), and follow (15) for a maximum score of 100 points. “Follow” means in pursuit of the lure, not the other dogs. Judges will deduct a pre-slip penalty of up to 10 points for the early release of a hound in a course. Judges can also assess up to 10 points penalty for a course delay. Judges can excuse a hound from competition for failing to run, being unfit, coursing another hound instead of the lure, hound or handler interference or excessive course delay. Hounds may be dismissed for interfering with another hound. Hounds may be disqualified for being the aggressor in a fight on the field.

Being ‘like a greyhound in the slips’ means that it is as if you are ready to start running in a race! I like this expression! I like the idea that people want to race to win the competition!


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