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snaffle

1

[ snaf-uhl ]

noun

  1. Also called snaffle bit. a bit, usually jointed in the middle and without a curb, with a large ring at each end to which a rein and cheek strap are attached.


verb (used with object)

, snaf·fled, snaf·fling.
  1. to put a snaffle on (a horse).
  2. to control with or as with a snaffle.

snaffle

2

[ snaf-uhl ]

verb (used with object)

, British Informal.
, snaf·fled, snaf·fling.
  1. to appropriate for one's own use, especially by devious means; purloin; filch.

snaffle

/ ˈsnæfəl /

noun

  1. Also calledsnaffle bit a simple jointed bit for a horse


verb

  1. informal.
    to steal or take for oneself
  2. to equip or control with a snaffle

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Word History and Origins

Origin of snaffle1

1525–35; origin uncertain; compare Old Frisian snavel mouth, Dutch snavel, German Schnabel beak, bill

Origin of snaffle2

First recorded in 1715–25; origin uncertain

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Word History and Origins

Origin of snaffle1

C16: of uncertain origin; compare Old Frisian snavel mouth, Old High German snabul beak

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Example Sentences

Deirdre heard the click, click of Ginger's snaffle, the chirping of young birds under the roof, while Conal was eating.

The horses crunched them with a relish, their light snaffle bits acting as only slight impediments to their mastication.

A vigorous stirring is bound to upheave what is searched for, so in due course the Captain dug up a snaffle-bit.

He wondered why she hadn't taken advantage of the situation here to snaffle a husband.

The latter held the reins in both hands, each rein being single and fastened to either side of a snaffle-like bit.

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