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cheek strap

(of a bridle) one of two straps passing over the cheeks of the horse and connecting the crown piece with the bit or noseband.
Also called cheekpiece. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Grasping the cheek strap of the little horse's bridle, Marta began to lead him slowly around and around.

    The Spell of the White Sturgeon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • He caught the cheek strap of the bridle, and motioned us away as we would have helped him at the horse's head.

    The Way of a Man Emerson Hough
  • Banion caught at a cheek strap as he saw Woodhull's act, and the horse was the safer for an instant.

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough
  • The nose and cheek strap worn by the woman and the trail-wrappings about her head allowed only a pair of black eyes to be seen.

    Love of Life Jack London

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