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  • noun Plural form of crupper.


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  • A confusion of helmets, of cries, of sabres, a stormy heaving of the cruppers of horses amid the cannons and the flourish of trumpets, a terrible and disciplined tumult; over all, the cuirasses like the scales on the hydra.

    Les Miserables 2008

  • I confess that they interested me more than my social equals and superiors; I should have liked to talk with those fathers and mothers of toil, bestriding or perched on the cruppers of their donkeys, and I should have liked especially to know what passed in the mind of one dear little girl who sat before her father with her bare brown legs tucked into the pockets of the pannier.

    Familiar Spanish Travels 2004

  • The excited spaniel, growing bolder, barked louder and ventured as far as their cruppers, feigning to be about to bite them.

    Strong as Death 2003

  • To remedy this inconvenience the King ordered all his household troops to mount every day on horseback by detachments, and to take sacks of grain upon their cruppers to a village where they were to be received and counted by the officers of the Duc de Luxembourg.

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete Various

  • Kabardians forced into his ranks, with his cruppers loaded with the booty of the plains, and his saddle-bows well furnished with both millet and mutton, regained the mountains.

    Life of Schamyl And Narrative of the Circassian War of Independence Against Russia John Milton Mackie

  • For such was their force that breast plates, horsegirths and cruppers burst.

    In the Court of King Arthur

  • With so great a crash did they come together that both their spears were broken into a hundred pieces, and their breastplates, girths and cruppers burst, and the two knights fell to the ground half stunned with the shock.

    King Arthur's Knights The Tales Re-told for Boys & Girls Henry Gilbert

  • Either smote other in the midst of the shield with such force that the breastplates, horse-girths, and cruppers brake, and both fell to the earth stunned, and lay so long that all they that were in the castle and in the siege thought their necks had been broken.

    Stories of King Arthur and His Knights Retold from Malory's "Morte dArthur" U. Waldo Cutler

  • If the horse is a screw, cover him thick with saddle-cloths, girths, cruppers, breast-bands, and as much brass and tinsel as your pay will enable you to buy; but if not a screw, let his fair proportions be seen as much as may be, and don't bother a lover of good horseflesh to eliminate so much uniform before he can see what is beneath.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 45, July, 1861 Various

  • They are only in time to behold the stanitza in flames, the fort in ruins from the explosion of its magazines, and the victors, their cruppers piled high with goods, and women, just gaining the opposite bank, or crossing the hill-top, on the other side of which lie both safety and freedom.

    Life of Schamyl And Narrative of the Circassian War of Independence Against Russia John Milton Mackie


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