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n. Chiefly British
[From English swingle, wooden instrument used for beating flax, from Middle English, from Middle Dutch swinghel.]
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(Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a crossbar in a horse's harness to which the ends of the traces are attached. Also called: whippletree or whiffletree (esp US)
[C15: from swingle + tree (in the sense: a post or bar)]
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whif•fle•tree(ˈʰwɪf əlˌtri, ˈwɪf-)
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]
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|Noun||1.||swingletree - 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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