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Don't have a cow

Don't have a cow may refer to:

  • a humorous cautionary phrase, dating from the late 1950s at least, possibly of UK origin. Means "don't get so worked up". If one pauses to reflect on the physical aspects of a human being giving birth to a full-grown cow, one can see what this phrase alludes to in terms of emotional expressiveness. Prior to "Don't have a cow", the phrase was "Don't have kittens" (or "Don't have a cat"). A variation in the past tense is also used when someone has already become worked up, e.g. "She had a cow when she found out he'd been smoking."
  • Bart Simpson's usage of the phrase as a catch phrase in early episodes of The Simpsons.
  • Also often used by Shaggy from Scooby Doo
  • Don't Have A Cow, the name of a Halloween episode from the television series That's So Raven.

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