neck-reined; neck-reining; neck-reins

intransitive verb

of a saddle horse : to respond to the pressure of a rein on one side of the neck by turning in the opposite direction

transitive verb

: to direct (a horse) by pressures of the rein on the neck

Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of neck-rein was in 1940

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Cite this Entry

“Neck-rein.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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