- either of the pair of shafts of a vehicle between which a draft animal is harnessed.
Origin of thill
1275–1325; Middle English thille shaft < ?
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Examples from the Web for thill
He was talking as much to himself as to the poor fellow who clung to the thill.King Spruce, A Novel
Thill, thil, n. one of the shafts of a cart or other carriage.
Dr. Thill was ready to give a certificate that Persis had died of heart-failure.What Will People Say?
"'Now no dray horse moves more readily to the thill than I to the painter's chair," he said.In the Days of Poor Richard
Now no dray moves more readily to the thill than I do to the painter's chair.
- archaic another word for shaft (def. 6)
C14: perhaps related to Old English thille board, planking, Old High German dilla plank, Old Norse thili
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