from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In saddlery, a strap of a bridle or head-stall passing down the side of a horse's head. Also called cheek-band.


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  • Lopt reached down along the cheek-strap and got hold of the reins between the end ring and Grettir's hands, pulling with such force that

    Grettir the Strong, Icelandic Saga

  • Slipping the "nigh" rein through the saddle-fork, then back to the cheek-strap again, George snubbed Fox's head towards him, making it impossible for the horse to whirl to the "off" as before.

    The Luck of the Mounted A Tale of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police

  • Bat Lajune removed the saddle from the Texan's horse and stepped forward with the thick felt pad which Tex, with a hand in the cheek-strap of the hackamore, brushed along the outlaw's sides a few times and then deftly threw over the animal's back.

    The Texan A Story of the Cattle Country

  • With his hand gripping the cheek-strap, Tex turned and looked straight into Purdy's eyes.

    The Texan A Story of the Cattle Country

  • Rebuckled the cheek-strap, chained slacker the bit,

    'How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix' [16-]

  • The whole thing passed in a flash; the pony, by a frantic but futile effort to right himself, had just sent a shower of loose stones rattling from under his hind feet, when Lenox, dismounting, gripped the cheek-strap with one hand, the other being occupied with his own reins.

    The Great Amulet

  • Each man had a golden helmet, and a scabbard flapping by his side, and a piece of metal like a half-moon jingling from his horse's cheek-strap.

    I Saw Three Ships and Other Winter Tales

  • The policeman turned, and at the sight of his pale, heavy jowl, cut by the cheek-strap, and the bullying eyes, he felt both hate and fear, as if brought face to face with all that he despised and loathed, yet strangely dreaded.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • A sabre stroke severed Berkley's cheek-strap, sheering through visor and button; and he swung his lance and drove it backward into

    Ailsa Paige

  • In the last case, the man keeping tight hold with his left hand of the cheek-strap, so as to prevent the horse from getting his head down until he is fairly seated, swings himself quickly into the saddle.

    The Round-Up


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