breeching

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breech·ing

 (brē′chĭng, brĭch′ĭng)
n.
1. The strap of a harness that passes behind a draft animal's haunches.
2. The short wool or hair on the rump and hind legs of a sheep, goat, or dog.
3. The parts of a gun that make up the breech.
4. A rope formerly used to secure the breech of a cannon to the side of a ship to control the recoil.
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breeching

(ˈbrɪtʃɪŋ; ˈbriː-)
n
1. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) the strap of a harness that passes behind a horse's haunches
2. (Military) navy (formerly) the rope used to check the recoil run of a ship's guns or to secure them against rough weather
3. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the parts comprising the breech of a gun
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breech•ing

(ˈbrɪtʃ ɪŋ, ˈbri tʃɪŋ)

n.
the part of a harness that passes around the haunches of a horse..
[1505–15]
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Breeching

A heavy, laminated leather harness strap fitting around the horse’s rump. It was fastened to other parts of the harness to keep the harness from slipping forward over the horse’s head when the hames were connected to a neck yoke and the horse used to brake an implement.
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One side of the drugget, which was completely covered with snow, had been blown back, the breeching had slipped down and the snow-covered head with its waving forelock and mane were now more visible.
Besides this he has to learn to wear a collar, a crupper, and a breeching, and to stand still while they are put on; then to have a cart or a chaise fixed behind, so that he cannot walk or trot without dragging it after him; and he must go fast or slow, just as his driver wishes.
Then God spake unto the fish; and from the shuddering cold and blackness of the sea, the whale came breeching up towards the warm and pleasant sun, and all the delights of air and earth; and"vomited out Jonah upon the dry land;" when the word of the Lord came a second time; and Jonah, bruised and beaten --his ears, like two sea-shells, still multitudinously murmuring of the ocean --Jonah did the Almighty's bidding.