a crossbar, pivoted at the middle, to which the traces of a harness are fastened for pulling a cart, carriage, plow, etc.
- Compare doubletree.
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How to use whiffletree in a sentence
The whiffletree would swing round and hit them, and when their collars were taken off, their necks would be raw and bloody.Beautiful Joe | Marshall Saunders
This wore away at last and on the third day I had no difficulty in keeping up my end of the whiffletree.A Son of the Middle Border | Hamlin Garland
Twelve “Swingle trees” (whippletree, whiffletree, singletree) are listed in the inventory.The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia | C. Malcolm Watkins
Page 169, illustration caption: "probaby" changed to "probably" (b, chain, probably from whiffletree).The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia | C. Malcolm Watkins
The only way they feel comfortable is when harnessed with the face toward the whiffletree and their back to the end of the shafts.Around The Tea-Table | T. De Witt Talmage
British Dictionary definitions for whiffletree
another name (esp US) for swingletree
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