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CRIB-BITING. A defect in horses, which consists in biting the crib while in the stable. This is not, considered as a breach of general warranty of soundness. Holt's Cas. 630.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"He's a box-walker, a crib-biter and has had all sorts of other problems.
The deal was done and dusted when word reached Allen's ear that Halo was a crib-biter - a shock-horror revelation that caused the buyer to seek an annulment of the sale.
Jarvis was not unduly concerned about losing Little Richard, saying that the gelding was a crib-biter and that the money would allow him to pick up a nice replacement.
"She would have made more if she hadn't been a crib-biter," said Delahooke, who added that his purchase would be joining her