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chin strap

a strap attached to a hat for passing under the chin of the wearer.
a strap to support the chin in cosmetic facial treatment.
a strap on a bridle or halter that joins the throatlatch and noseband.
Origin of chin strap
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Jim quaffed the vile spirit and fastened the chin-strap of his cap.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild
  • Dick slipped it over his head, and passed the chin-strap beneath.

    Draw Swords! George Manville Fenn
  • He was nibbling the chin-strap of his helmet; both thumbs were locked in his belt.

  • At his sword-belt hung a serviceable navy revolver, while from toe to chin-strap no smallest detail was omitted.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • Lieutenant Walker was hit in the chin, the bullet cutting his chin-strap and passing out at the back and top of his head.

  • Next, leaning on his saber, is a cavalryman, in short jacket and chin-strap.

    The Civil War Through the Camera

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
  • If I 'adn't got my chin-strap dahn I'd 'ave lost my blooming washing-bowl.

  • The chin-strap will be made of white elastic, but not pipeclayed, and worn permanently round the chin.

  • Tossing away his cigarette and tightening the chin-strap of his busby, he trotted out in front of his men.

    Fighting in Flanders E. Alexander Powell
  • “Of course,” said the captain, going once more to the window, as he drew the chin-strap of his helmet beneath his chin.

    Draw Swords! George Manville Fenn
Word Origin and History for chin-strap

1805, from chin (n.) + strap (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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