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leather

Syllabification: leath·er
Pronunciation: /ˈleT͟Hər
 
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Definition of leather in English:

noun

1A material made from the skin of an animal by tanning or a similar process: [as modifier]: a leather jacket
More example sentences
  • The production of leather from animal hides was a time consuming and dreadfully smelly process.
  • Today, machines trim and cut the thickness and polish the leather.
  • She wore what was then the fashion for women, a leather one piece outfit with detachable sleeves and pant legs.
2A thing made of leather, in particular.
2.1A piece of leather as a polishing cloth.
2.2 short for stirrup leather.
Example sentences
  • With a round to go of the 4190-metre journey, the leathers holding her right stirrup iron came loose and dangled under the horse's belly for almost 2000m.
  • Strap leathers are common and inspired from English saddles.
  • She was reluctant to leave but headed off into the darkness, reins fastened to the saddle and stirrups run up the leathers.
2.3 (leathers) Leather clothes, especially those worn by a motorcyclist.
Example sentences
  • Structured leathers and neoprene coats contrast with stretch mohair and fine cobweb knits to present a soft-military look.
  • She has taken a tumble before, but the compulsory crash helmet, leathers and gloves prevented injuries.
  • Maybe we need to find out a way to get Thrasher shirts over our leathers and then we will have a chance.

verb

[with object] informal , chiefly British Back to top  
1Beat or thrash (someone): he caught me and leathered me black and blue (as noun leathering) go, before you get a leathering
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  • I only had the knife to scare him in case he got me and gave me a leathering.
  • I got him down and I was going to leather him.
  • Despite being unable to breathe properly or see clearly, Arthur then absolutely leathered his Polish quarter-final opponent.
1.1Strike or kick (a ball) very hard: neither woman is famed for her finesse—both prefer to leather the ball for all they are worth
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  • We had a howling gale at our backs in the first half and we decided to show everybody how we could play football instead of leathering it down the other end.
  • Deep in the heart of the fourth set, Ferrero drew himself up to his full height and started leathering that forehand again.
  • Even in that third set, Sharapova was leathering winners from impossible situations and simply refusing to go away.

Origin

Old English lether, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch leer and German Leder, from an Indo-European root shared by Irish leathar and Welsh lledr.

Words that rhyme with leather

altogether, feather, heather, nether, tether, together, weather, wether, whether

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