[verb out-span; noun out-span]South African English
- to unyoke or unhitch, as oxen from a wagon.
- to remove the yoke, harness, etc., from animals.
- the act or a place of outspanning.
Origin of outspan
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Examples from the Web for outspan
The sun was already below the horizon when they halted to “outspan.”Popular Adventure Tales
Provided he struck the road, he had only to turn to his left to reach the outspan.Camp Fire Yarns of the Lost Legion
So we trekked with the moon, Gaasha guiding us, and did not outspan till dawn.Swallow
H. Rider Haggard
At our outspan at noon yesterday he came to me and offered me my liberty if I would help him.Prester John
And now I will drive my waggons hence and outspan them outside the kraal.The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley
- an area on a farm kept available for travellers to rest and refresh animals
- the act of unharnessing or unyoking
- (tr) to unharness or unyoke (animals)
- (intr) to relax
C19: partial translation of Afrikaans uitspan, from uit out + spannen to stretch
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