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stirrup leather

the strap that holds the stirrup of a saddle.
Also called stirrup strap.
Origin of stirrup leather
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Some of these are the animals to try your mettle and seat, and I was only once thrown, owing to a stirrup-leather breaking.

    Ladies on Horseback Nannie Lambert
  • Tie the rascal to your stirrup-leather, Juan, and let us be moving.

    Roger the Bold F. S. Brereton
  • He went up to the horse, patted it, measured the length of the stirrup-leather, and then turned to Fitz.

    The Grey Lady Henry Seton Merriman
  • And Punch limped painfully to the side of the second dragoon, while Pen took hold of the stirrup-leather of the first.

    !Tention George Manville Fenn
  • In great haste, Harun's horse was saddled, but in mounting the stirrup-leather broke.

    Fire and Sword in the Sudan Rudolf C. Slatin
  • Even the pony felt the good influence and almost broke into a trot as Kim laid a hand on the stirrup-leather.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • But you'll never teach those lads to ride if you are always at their stirrup-leather, like this.

  • Twice he nearly lost hold of the stirrup-leather and would have fallen; then at last became aware of slackening pace.

  • Thus did Ardassan Ougli speak, after receiving the stirrup-leather from one of his masters.

  • The third pommel should be so placed that it will just span the knee when the stirrup-leather is of the right length.

    The American Horsewoman Elizabeth Karr

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