- 1A material made from the skin of an animal by tanning or a similar process: [as modifier]: a leather jacketMore 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.
- 2.2 short for stirrup leather.More 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.More 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.
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- 1Beat or thrash (someone): he caught me and leathered me black and blue (as noun leathering) go, before you get a leatheringMore example sentences
- 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 worthMore example sentences
- 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.
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.