inspan

[in-span]

Origin of inspan

From Afrikaans, dating back to 1825–35; see origin at in-1, span2
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inspan

verb -spans, -spanning or -spanned (tr) mainly Southern African
  1. to harness (animals) to (a vehicle); yoke
  2. to press (people) into service

Word Origin for inspan

C19: from Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch inspannen, from spannen to stretch, yoke; see span 1
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