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  1. a sore on a horse's back caused by rubbing of the saddle
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Word Origin

C17: from sit + fast 1 (in the sense: secure, fixed)
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Historical Examples

  • The precursor of the sitfast is always a swelling filled with serum and lymph, caused, as before stated, by badly-fitting harness.

    Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II

    Arnold Cooley

  • Animals obtained from natives not unfrequently suffer from a peculiar description of gall, known as a “sitfast.”