Try Our Apps


What is the origin of "February"?

bridle hand

(of a horseback rider) the hand, usually the left hand, that holds both reins or both pairs of reins, leaving the other hand free to manage a whip, crop, lariat, or the like.
Origin of bridle hand
1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for bridle-hand
Historical Examples
  • When a horse refuses obedience to the bridle-hand, it must be reinforced by the right.

    Riding for Ladies W. A. Kerr
  • Her seat should be easy, her leg still, and her bridle-hand steady.

  • Holding his long rifle in his bridle-hand, he shook his free fist at Cedar City.

  • He laid his bridle-hand on the left side of his horse's mane and shifted his weight a trifle.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • And then they keep their bridle-hand firm closed on the bridle-rein till their horses are back in the stable again.

    Bunyan Characters Alexander Whyte
  • The bridle-hand wears the mainfere (main-de-fer), while the right hand grasping the spear is gauntleted.

    Armour in England J. Starkie Gardner
  • The left hand is the bridle-hand and the one in which the reins should habitually be carried.

  • If he trot too rapidly, he must be checked, by bracing the bridle-hand and increasing the pull upon the reins.

    The American Horsewoman Elizabeth Karr
  • A dextrous motion of the bridle-hand and right leg made the horse evade the bulls horn, by turning to the left.

    Letters from Spain Joseph Blanco White
  • Sol's bridle-hand had been frozen the night before in the long swift ride.

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for bridle hand

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for bridle

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for bridle-hand