harness

[ hahr-nis ]
/ ˈhɑr nɪs /
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noun

verb (used with object)

Idioms

    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)

Derived Forms

harnesser, nounharnessless, adjectiveharness-like, adjective

Word Origin for harness

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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