brank

[ brangk ]
/ bræŋk /

verb (used without object)

to hold up and toss the head, as a horse when spurning the bit or prancing.
to bridle; restrain.

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Origin of brank

1500–50; (def. 1) of uncertain origin; possibly related to German prangen “to adorn oneself, brag”; compare Middle High German brangen, brankieren; possibly 1550-1600; (def. 2) of uncertain origin; probably a back formation from Scots branks “a bridle for restraining a scold”
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