harness

[ hahr-nis ]
/ ˈhɑr nɪs /

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 in harness

harness
/ (ˈhɑːnɪs) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived forms of harness

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 in harness (1 of 2)

in harness

On duty or at work. For example, Despite his illness he's determined to continue in harness. It also is put as be back in harness, meaning “to return to duty or work,” as in After a long vacation she's finally back in harness. This expression alludes to horses harnessed to perform work. [First half of 1800s] Also see die with one's boots on (in harness).

Idioms and Phrases with in harness (2 of 2)

harness

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

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