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withers

[ with-erz ]
/ ˈwɪð ərz /
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noun (used with a plural verb)

the highest part of the back at the base of the neck of a horse, cow, sheep, etc.

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Idioms for withers

    wring one's withers, to cause one anxiety or trouble: The long involved lawsuit is wringing his withers.

Origin of withers

First recorded in 1535–45; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for withers

withers
/ (ˈwɪðəz) /

pl n

the highest part of the back of a horse, behind the neck between the shoulders

Word Origin for withers

C16: short for widersones, from wider with + -sones, perhaps variant of sinew; related to German Widerrist, Old English withre resistance
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