noun Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
a whiffletree.
Also called swiveltree.

1425–75; late Middle English; see swingle1, tree

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swingletree (ˈswɪŋɡəlˌtriː)
whippletree, Also called: whiffletree a crossbar in a horse's harness to which the ends of the traces are attached
[C15: from swingle + tree (in the sense: a post or bar)]

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Used for heavier pulling, especially when used without a swingletree or whippletree.
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