Definition of outspan in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈaʊtspan/

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South African

verb (outspans, outspanning, outspanned)

[with object]
1Unharness (an animal) from a wagon: the wagons were drawn up beside the road and the oxen outspanned [no object]: they outspanned at the hotel
1.1 [no object] Rest or camp at the side of the road while travelling by wagon: we used to outspan for five or six hours in the heat of the day


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A place for grazing or camping on a wagon journey.


early 19th century: from Dutch uitspannen 'unyoke'.

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