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outspan

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Pronunciation: /ˈaʊtspan
 
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South African

Definition of outspan in English:

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
More example sentences
  • We then outspanned for the night.
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
More example sentences
  • I outspanned on what is now Market Square and let the oxen graze there whilst I walked up to where my Aunt lay ill in a tent.

noun

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A place for grazing or camping on a wagon journey.
Example sentences
  • The trekking routes and outspans - a term derived from unyoking a team of oxen - became major channels of communication into the interior.

Origin

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

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