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(of a horseback rider) the hand, usually the left hand, that holds both reins or both pairs of reins, leaving the other hand free to manage a whip, crop, lariat, or the like.
Historical Examples

Riding for Ladies W. A. Kerr
The Young Lady’s Equestrian Manual Anonymous
The Jacket (The Star-Rover) Jack London
What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
Bunyan Characters Alexander Whyte
Armour in England J. Starkie Gardner
Riding and Driving for Women Belle Beach
The American Horsewoman Elizabeth Karr
Letters from Spain Joseph Blanco White
The Prophet of the Great Smoky Mountains Charles Egbert Craddock


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