[hwif-uh l-tree, wif-]
- a crossbar, pivoted at the middle, to which the traces of a harness are fastened for pulling a cart, carriage, plow, etc.
Origin of whiffletree
First recorded in 1820–30; variant of whippletree
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Examples from the Web for whiffletree
The pole was snapped, and the whiffletree smashed, so that the traces were useless.
"It's the whiffletree, I think," she said, as if she were used to wagons.
The whiffletree is attached to the tumbling rod by an iron hook.Farm Mechanics
Herbert A. Shearer
The whiffletree would swing round and hit them, and when their collars were taken off, their necks would be raw and bloody.Beautiful Joe
Where the gray mare is the better horse, her mate always lets up a bit on his whiffletree and she draws most of the load.
- another name (esp US) for swingletree
C19: variant of whippletree
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