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harness

[ hahr-nis ]
/ ˈhɑr nɪs /
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noun

verb (used with object)

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Idioms for harness

    in double harness. double harness (def. 2).
    in harness,
    1. engaged in one's usual routine of work: After his illness he longed to get back in harness.
    2. together as cooperating partners or equals: Joe and I worked in harness on our last job.

Origin of harness

1250–1300; Middle English harneis, herneis<Old French herneis baggage, equipment <Old Norse *hernest provisions for an armed force, equivalent to herr army (cf. harbor, herald) + nest provisions for a journey
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British Dictionary definitions for harness

harness
/ (ˈhɑːnɪs) /

noun

verb (tr)

harnesser, nounharnessless, adjectiveharness-like, adjective
C13: from Old French harneis baggage, probably from Old Norse hernest (unattested) provisions, from herr army + nest provisions
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Idioms and Phrases with harness

harness

see die with one's boots on (in harness) in harness.

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