Sayings from Appalachia

Appalachian Sayings – Fly Over A Field To Land On a Cow Pile

Fly over a field and land on a cow pile

I swear she would fly over a field of clover to land on a cow pile.


In other words: some people seemingly pass by something really good to get to something really bad. I’ve always liked this saying-maybe it’s because I’ve lived near a cattle farm most all my life and the meaning of a cow pile is always nearby.



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    October 21, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    In reference to a pretty girl choosing to marry an ugly bumpkin, “she is Ike the fly at the dinner on the ground, flying past all the dessert and landing in/0n the outhouse!”

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    Rosamary Christiansen
    February 6, 2016 at 10:39 am

    My mother used to say, Fly over all the good things and land in a cow pie.

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    May 12, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    I watched the same tv show, I think the Dad said he had taken down trees before… Good lesson there regardless.

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    Rev. RB
    May 10, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Never heard that saying before, but I like it.
    Kinda reminds me of a couple on tv (not going to name names) who decided to take down a dead tree in their yard by themselves although they had no experience to do so, but they figured they’d save $500-1,000 doing it themselves.
    So they hitch the tree up to the trailer hitch of the new truck with a chain, he cuts a notch in the tree with a chainsaw, she gives the truck the gas to pull the tree over; it doesn’t work.
    So he cuts another notch (I know you think you know where this is going, but you’re wrong, so stay tuned here. LOL) She gives the truck more gas to pull the tree down; it doesn’t work either.
    But what it does do is – overheat the engine of the truck which then sets fire to the pine straw beneath the truck setting the truck on fire.
    In the end, the truck is totaled, the tree is still standing, and he has to call a tree company to come take it down anyway, and they’re danged lucky no one was hurt and the truck didn’t explode and burn the house down.
    Yep!!! Right over the field of clover into the cow pattie.
    If you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t do it until you do know (or hire someone who does).
    God bless.

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    Sue Crane
    May 9, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Are you talking about me! 🙂

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    May 9, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    I’m not familiar with that saying,
    but some of the best times of my
    life was playing cowpasture foot-
    ball. Soon as our chores were done a bunch of my friends would meet-up, choose sides, and play till dark. We tromped down all the bullrush, played around the haystakes, but none of us ever
    got in those cowpiles…Ken

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    Ken Ryan
    May 9, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I agree with Ron about negative people. I avoid them like the plague. I’ve heard this colorful statement before; think I’ll start using it more often.

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    b. Ruth
    May 9, 2015 at 10:52 am

    That is their pleasure since they were born a “tumble bug” or why would one keep doing it!

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    Ed Ammons
    May 9, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I’ve never heard that expression but I like it. I do know that fresh cow piles/pies/patties teach little kids to watch where they step and that dried ones make good bases.

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    May 9, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Yes Miss Cindy – the saying really is “earthy”. 😉
    Never heard that one before but here is Texas we’d say “cow pies” – those “earthy” mounds are a bit reminiscent of “mud pies” 🙂

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    Mike McLain
    May 9, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I never heard that one, but I remember, “She would cut her nose off to spite her face.” A similar sentiment.

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    Gayle Larson
    May 9, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Love it. We all know a few folks who are exactly like that.

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    May 9, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Gosh! I would think landing in a cow pile would be yuckers. Better to be positive than the alternative.

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    Ron Banks
    May 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I like that saying and I have known a few people like that.
    I have bought organic beef at our local Ingles from Brasstown. I wonder if that is from the farm you mentioned?

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    May 9, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I remember my boss talking to us about his recent divorce and using a similar expression to describe his wife’s actions. He said, “She traded in a Cadillac for a Volkswagon.”

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    May 9, 2015 at 8:18 am

    It’s been a long time since I have heard this expression. Maybe it’s because I’m not around places where cows are still in the pasture and are driven to the barn for milking and sheltering for the night. To say the least, the implication is colorful (?) and shows with what determination we Appalachians seek to “tell things as they are,” even if in a somewhat veiled and different way!

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    Ron Stephens
    May 9, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I’ve known three people in my life that were mostly negative. They are emotionally exhausting to be around. They drag one down. The odd thing is they cannot see that about themselves.
    I had never heard that expression but it certainly makes the point !

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    May 9, 2015 at 7:43 am

    That’s funny,, Life’s full of choices and you just have to wonder what some are thinking. or not..

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    Miss Cindy
    May 9, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Yes, I’ve know folks like that. I like that expression because it is earthy.

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