- to yoke or harness.
Origin of inspan
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Examples from the Web for inspan
As soon as the feast was over, Hendricks gave the word to inspan.Hendricks the Hunter
There's four more in the van; inspan the lot till we send in for them, will you?Young Blood
E. W. Hornung
He did this only to inspan again, and proceed by moonlight to the town.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. V (of VI)
We inspan at daybreak, and trek on till about ten or eleven.The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley
He immediately ordered his men to inspan and saddle their horses.Through Shot and Flame
J. D. Kestell.
- to harness (animals) to (a vehicle); yoke
- to press (people) into service
C19: from Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch inspannen, from spannen to stretch, yoke; see span 1
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