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[brangk] /bræŋk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to hold up and toss the head, as a horse when spurning the bit or prancing.
2.
to bridle; restrain.
Origin of brank
1500-1550
1500-50; (def 1) of uncertain origin; possibly related to German prangen “to adorn oneself, brag”; compare Middle High German brangen, brankieren; possibly 1550-1600; (def 2) of uncertain origin; probably a back formation from Scots branks “a bridle for restraining a scold”
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