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snaffle

Syllabification: snaf·fle
Pronunciation: /ˈsnafəl
 
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Definition of snaffle in English:

noun

(also snaffle bit)
1(On a bridle) a simple bit, typically a jointed one, used with a single set of reins.
Example sentences
  • To learn the two track maneuver, use a martingale or a snaffle bit with draw reins to encourage the horse to flex through the poll and keep his head still.
  • If she got a little strung out, or she leaned a little on the snaffle bit, I simply applied a half-halt as if I was aboard a hunter or dressage horse and I had my perfect little jog.
  • Only after the horse and human have progressed beyond the teaching phase the snaffle bit is introduced.
1.1 (also snaffle bridle) A bridle with a snaffle bit.
Example sentences
  • The horse should be fitted with a snaffle bridle, cavesson, roller or saddle, side reins and protection on all four legs, either boots or securely fitted bandages.
  • These horsemen rode with short stirrups, in snaffle bridles with a loose rein, in an uncollected, free forward manner that was the exact opposite of the extreme collection of the Continental riding school, with its emphasis on curb bits.
  • Notice the preponderance of single-rein snaffle bridles.

verb

[with object] informal , chiefly British Back to top  
Take (something) for oneself, typically quickly or without permission: shall we snaffle some of Bernard’s sherry?
More example sentences
  • If anyone has forgotten to pack their white shirt - a not uncommon occurrence, one member of the orchestra says - they have quickly snaffled a replacement.
  • More than half the tickets were quickly snaffled by Lions supporters.
  • But what about Jeremy Paxman's book, Friends in High Places, that showed the best jobs are snaffled by those from public schools and elite universities?

Origin

mid 16th century (denoting a bridle bit): probably from Low German or Dutch; compare with Middle Low German and Middle Dutch snavel 'beak, mouth' The verb (mid 19th century) is perhaps a different word.

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