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Rustling Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    rustling adj : characterized by soft sounds; "a murmurous brook"; "a soughing wind in the pines"; "a slow sad susurrous rustle like the wind fingering the pines"- R.P.Warren [syn: murmurous, soughing, susurrous] n
  1. the stealing of cattle
  2. the light noise like the noise of silk clothing or leaves blowing in the wind [syn: rustle, whisper, whispering]
Rustling Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Rustle \Rus"tle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rustled; p. pr. & vb. n. Rustling.] [AS. hristlan to rustle; or cf. Sw. rusta to stir, make a riot, or E. rush, v.]
  1. To make a quick succession of small sounds, like the rubbing or moving of silk cloth or dry leaves. He is coming; I hear his straw rustle. --Shak. Prouder than rustling in unpaid-for silk. --Shak.
  2. To stir about energetically; to strive to succeed; to bustle about. [Slang, Western U.S.]
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Cattle raiding is the act of stealing livestock. In Australia, such stealing is often referred to as duffing, and the person as a duffer. In North America, especially in cowboy culture, cattle theft is dubbed rustling and an individual who engages in it is a rustler.

Historically the act of cattle rustling is quite ancient with the first suspected raids conducted over seven thousand years ago.

Cattle raids play an important part in Indo-European mythology, see for example Táin Bó Cúailnge (Irish), the Rigvedic Panis (India), and the Homeric Hymn to Hermes, who steals the cows of Apollo (Greece). These myths are often paired with myths of the abduction of women (compare Helen, Sita, Saranyu, The Rape of the Sabine Women). Abduction of women and theft of lifestock were practiced in many of the world's pre-urbanised cultures, the former likely reaching back to the Paleolithic, and the latter to the earliest domestication of animals in the Neolithic.

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* What is it about a beautiful sunny afternoon, with the birds singing and the wind rustling through the leaves, that makes you want to get drunk And after you're real drunk, maybe go down to the public park and stagger around and ask people for money, and then lie down and go to sleep. - Jack Handey Deep Thoughts


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