whiffletree


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whif·fle·tree

 (wĭf′əl-trē, hwĭf′-)
n. Northeastern US

[Variant of whippletree.]

whiffletree

(ˈwɪfəlˌtriː)
n
(Horse Training, Riding & Manège) another name (esp US) for swingletree
[C19: variant of whippletree]

whif•fle•tree

(ˈʰwɪf əlˌtri, ˈwɪf-)

n.
Northern U.S. a crossbar, pivoted at the middle, to which the traces of a harness are fastened for pulling a vehicle or a plow. Also called whippletree , singletree.
[1820–30; variant of whippletree]

Whiffletree

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Whiffletree - a crossbar that is attached to the traces of a draft horse and to the vehicle or implement that the horse is pullingwhiffletree - a crossbar that is attached to the traces of a draft horse and to the vehicle or implement that the horse is pulling
crossbar - a horizontal bar that goes across something
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The story begins in Paris, where Buttons, a Canadian, meets an acquaintance, a young American student called Dick Whiffletree, and tells him that he has recently made close friends with Dr Snakeroot from Philadelphia and Senator Jones from Massachusetts, saying:
Most consumers know that they should include more whole grain in their diets, but many don't, either because these products cost more or the taste is different from other, more indulgent varieties," says Tops VP of center store sales and marketing Cathy Whiffletree.
A whiffletree, for example, was a well-known piece of equipment 100 years ago, used for keeping work horses together as a team; today, it is virtually unknown.