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chin strap

a strap attached to a hat for passing under the chin of the wearer.
a strap to support the chin in cosmetic facial treatment.
a strap on a bridle or halter that joins the throatlatch and noseband.
Origin of chin strap
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Next, leaning on his saber, is a cavalryman, in short jacket and chin-strap.

    The Civil War Through the Camera Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
  • Jim quaffed the vile spirit and fastened the chin-strap of his cap.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
  • Maseden conserved the cigarette for another volume of smoke, and pulled down the chin-strap determinedly.

    His Unknown Wife Louis Tracy
  • He was nibbling the chin-strap of his helmet; both thumbs were locked in his belt.

  • The chin-strap will be made of white elastic, but not pipeclayed, and worn permanently round the chin.

  • At his sword-belt hung a serviceable navy revolver, while from toe to chin-strap no smallest detail was omitted.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • Dick slipped it over his head, and passed the chin-strap beneath.

    Draw Swords! George Manville Fenn
  • Lieutenant Walker was hit in the chin, the bullet cutting his chin-strap and passing out at the back and top of his head.

  • It had a large overhanging crown with a welt, a chin-strap with a brass button on each side and a leather visor.

  • If I 'adn't got my chin-strap dahn I'd 'ave lost my blooming washing-bowl.

Word Origin and History for chin-strap

1805, from chin (n.) + strap (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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