Definition of in harness in English:

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in harness

1(Of a horse or other animal) used for driving or draught work: colts are worked in harness alongside an experienced horse
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  • It is also true that the Monarchy and ‘Establishment’ were more often at odds than not, like ill-matched horses in harness.
  • I think he saw them like horses in harness some of which were trying to run in different directions.
  • Even though mules could carry heavier loads, cost less to run and were more surefooted, they were increasingly used in harness to pull wagons, not as pack animals.
1.1In the routine of daily work: a man who died in harness far beyond the normal age of retirement
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  • The honour of wearing number 2 fell to John Douglas, who also got to carry the commemorative mailbag celebrating Percy's 40 years in harness.
  • Tipp will probably go in as the marginal favourites now that their most prolific scorer Declan Browne is back in harness.
  • It knocked her out - but she will be back in harness tomorrow at an investiture at Buckingham palace.
at work, working, employed, in an occupation, in action, active, busy
1.2So as to achieve something together: local and central government should work in harness
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  • Sure, you're going to have occasional missteps as people get better acquainted and work in harness together.
  • However, spinners Mark Bell and Dan Broadbent got together in harness to share nine victims.
  • She is even ready to be a partner to Bart instead of a domineering wife: ‘Today she wanted him to know that they pulled in harness together’.
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