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1. One of the metal rings on a harness through which the reins pass.
2. A ring on an animal's collar, used for attaching a leash.

[Middle English teret, variant of toret, from Old French, diminutive of tour, tor, a round; see tour.]
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1. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) either of the two metal rings on a harness saddle through which the reins are passed
2. the ring on a dog's collar for attaching the lead
[C15: variant of toret, from Old French, diminutive of tor loop; see tour]
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(ˈtɛr ɪt)

one of the round loops or rings on the saddle of a harness, through which the driving reins pass.
[1480–90; earlier teret, Middle English toret < Middle French, Old French tor ring + -et -et]
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She had a good idea of what was coming, and the moment York took the rein off the terret in order to shorten it she took her opportunity and reared up so suddenly that York had his nose roughly hit and his hat knocked off; the groom was nearly thrown off his legs.
And by him that spake only as a philosopher, and natural man, it was well said, Pompa mortis magis terret, quam mors ipsa.
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