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outspan

[verb out-span; noun out-span]South African English
verb (used with object), out·spanned, out·span·ning.
  1. to unyoke or unhitch, as oxen from a wagon.
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verb (used without object), out·spanned, out·span·ning.
  1. to remove the yoke, harness, etc., from animals.
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noun
  1. the act or a place of outspanning.
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Origin of outspan

1815–25; translation of Afrikaans uitspan; see out-, span2
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Historical Examples of outspan

  • The sun was already below the horizon when they halted to “outspan.”

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    Mayne Reid

  • Provided he struck the road, he had only to turn to his left to reach the outspan.

  • So we trekked with the moon, Gaasha guiding us, and did not outspan till dawn.

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    H. Rider Haggard

  • At our outspan at noon yesterday he came to me and offered me my liberty if I would help him.

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    John Buchan

  • And now I will drive my waggons hence and outspan them outside the kraal.


British Dictionary definitions for outspan

outspan

noun (ˈaʊtˌspæn)
  1. an area on a farm kept available for travellers to rest and refresh animals
  2. the act of unharnessing or unyoking
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verb (ˌaʊtˈspæn) -spans, -spanning or -spanned
  1. (tr) to unharness or unyoke (animals)
  2. (intr) to relax
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Word Origin for outspan

C19: partial translation of Afrikaans uitspan, from uit out + spannen to stretch
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