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[hed-stawl] /ˈhɛdˌstɔl/
that part of a bridle or halter that encompasses the head of an animal.
Origin of headstall
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English hedstall. See head, stall1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He crouched, backed, half turned and Nora's spur caught under the headstall of his bridle.

    Bruce of the Circle A Harold Titus
  • A lump came into it, and he swallowed with a shrug, and flicked at a fly on the headstall.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • And, impressed now with the size of Jake, she stood on a box and let out the headstall two holes.

    Skyrider B. M. Bower
  • Young McCrae wheeled his horse on the off side and gripped the headstall by the bit.

    Desert Conquest A. M. Chisholm
  • See also that the bit is so attached to the headstall that the corners of the mouth are not drawn up by it.

  • To bridle a horse, go quietly up to him, holding the headstall in your hand.

    Riding for Ladies Mrs. Power O'Donoghue
  • The headstall is of fine red cloth, plentifully studded with choice rubies, and near the extremity are some precious diamonds.

  • Take the girl on the horse with you, and let Chris lead by the headstall.

  • The others at the same time made the bridles fast to the headstall of the wheelers drawing the wagon.

    Indian and Scout F. S. Brereton
  • It must have been the headstall which, dragging along the bottom, had so opportunely anchored him.

    The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley Bertram Mitford
British Dictionary definitions for headstall


another word (esp US) for head collar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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