Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In saddlery, a strap of a bridle or head-stall passing down the side of a horse's head. Also called cheek-band.
“Lopt reached down along the cheek-strap and got hold of the reins between the end ring and Grettir's hands, pulling with such force that”
“Slipping the "nigh" rein through the saddle-fork, then back to the cheek-strap again, George snubbed Fox's head towards him, making it impossible for the horse to whirl to the "off" as before.”
“Bat Lajune removed the saddle from the Texan's horse and stepped forward with the thick felt pad which Tex, with a hand in the cheek-strap of the hackamore, brushed along the outlaw's sides a few times and then deftly threw over the animal's back.”
“With his hand gripping the cheek-strap, Tex turned and looked straight into Purdy's eyes.”
“Rebuckled the cheek-strap, chained slacker the bit,”
“The whole thing passed in a flash; the pony, by a frantic but futile effort to right himself, had just sent a shower of loose stones rattling from under his hind feet, when Lenox, dismounting, gripped the cheek-strap with one hand, the other being occupied with his own reins.”
“Each man had a golden helmet, and a scabbard flapping by his side, and a piece of metal like a half-moon jingling from his horse's cheek-strap.”
“The policeman turned, and at the sight of his pale, heavy jowl, cut by the cheek-strap, and the bullying eyes, he felt both hate and fear, as if brought face to face with all that he despised and loathed, yet strangely dreaded.”
“A sabre stroke severed Berkley's cheek-strap, sheering through visor and button; and he swung his lance and drove it backward into”
“In the last case, the man keeping tight hold with his left hand of the cheek-strap, so as to prevent the horse from getting his head down until he is fairly seated, swings himself quickly into the saddle.”
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