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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. 2017.
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  • 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
  • Curley, the quickest of them all, was giving frantic tugs to his latigo.

    Skyrider B. M. Bower
  • She asked him to loop her latigo, which was trailing, and his hand shook as he fumbled with the leather strap.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • "It's that latigo strap," he remarked, in a tone of some annoyance.

    The Lions of the Lord Harry Leon Wilson
  • Charming Billy, fumbling the latigo absently, felt a sudden belligerence toward her father.

    The Long Shadow B. M. Bower
  • 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
  • When Brower had made fast the latigo, the horse—as such dispirited animals often do—heaved a deep sigh.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • Suddenly, as he tightened a latigo strap, a saucy, smiling face looked up at him.

  • She continued to work with the saddle, lacing the latigo strings and tightening the cinches.

    The Trail to Yesterday Charles Alden Seltzer

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