American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A bit for a horse, consisting of two bars joined at the center, as by a joint.
- v. To put on or control with a snaffle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bridle consisting of a slender bit-mouth with a single rein and without a curb; a snaffle-bit.
- To bridle; hold or manage with a bridle.
- To clutch or seize by the snaffle.
- To speak through the nose.
- n. A broad-mouthed, loose-ringed bit (metal in a horse's mouth). It brings pressure to bear on the tongue and bars and corners of the mouth. Often used as a training bit.
- v. to put on, or control with, a snaffle
- v. to grab or seize; to snap up
- v. informal to purloin, or obtain by devious means
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of bridle bit, having a joint in the part to be placed in the mouth, and rings and cheek pieces at the ends, but having no curb; -- called also
- v. To put a snaffle in the mouth of; to subject to the snaffle; to bridle.
- v. get hold of or seize quickly and easily
- n. a simple jointed bit for a horse; without a curb
- v. fit or restrain with a snaffle
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The top rein ring is located next to the mouthpiece, as in a snaffle, and the rein that attaches to it is thus called the snaffle rein.”
“He muttered something that a snaffle was the safest bit a sinner could place faith in -- assumed the mantle of prophecy -- foretold, as it would appear, troublous times to be in rapid advent -- and inculcated that faith should be placed in heaven, and powder kept very dry.”
“If the snaffle is to be the predominant bit, its reins should be on the outside, and the curb-reins slack.”
“In Ireland, where the large majority of our hunters come from, the snaffle is the bit used in breaking and hunting, as it is in steeple-chasing; and although our Irish neighbours find the curb has its advantages, we must admit that they keep it in its proper place and do not allow it to usurp the snaffle when riding over fences.”
“Fig. 12 for holding the horse to a hunting or racing gallop on a snaffle is the same as Fig. 9, but with the fists closed.”
“Their jaws, it turns out, were simply too weak to snaffle a sheep.”
“For instance, on the Thursday night I visited, you could snaffle a plate of gussied-up sausage and mash for £8.95.”
“Dorothy – what lovely advice from your advisor and I think I will have to snaffle that myself to pass on to the students!”
“Bits that act with direct pressure on the tongue and lips of the bit are in the general category of snaffle bits.”
“However, regardless of mouthpiece, any bit that operates only on direct pressure is a “snaffle” bit.”
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