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[lat-i-goh] /ˈlæt ɪˌgoʊ/
noun, plural latigos, latigoes.
a leather strap on the saddletree of a Western saddle used to tighten and secure the cinch.
Origin of latigo
1870-75, Americanism; < Spanish látigo whip, cinch strap, perhaps < Gothic *laittug; compare Old English lāttēh leading rein, equivalent to lād- lead1 + tēh, tēah tie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Al laughed, looking over his shoulder at Tom while he loosened the latigo.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • "Yeah—I'm a-comin'," shrilled Buddy, hastily looping the latigo.

    Cow-Country B. M. Bower
  • Curley, the quickest of them all, was giving frantic tugs to his latigo.


    B. M. Bower
  • "It's that latigo strap," he remarked, in a tone of some annoyance.

    The Lions of the Lord Harry Leon Wilson
  • She commanded Ward to draw the latigo tighter, and Ward did so, dodging back as the big brute snapped at him.

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch

    Jackson Gregory
  • Charming Billy, fumbling the latigo absently, felt a sudden belligerence toward her father.

    The Long Shadow B. M. Bower
  • Suddenly, as he tightened a latigo strap, a saucy, smiling face looked up at him.

  • Swift, practiced, relentless, Mose dragged at the latigo till the wide hair web embedded itself in the pony's hide.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • It was different when he cut your latigo strap in that rough-riding contest; yuh couldn't prove it on him.

    Rowdy of the Cross L B.M. Sinclair, AKA B.M. Bower
  • He busied himself undoing the latigo strap of the hair cinch.

    Lone Pine

    R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend

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