Definition of die in harness in English:

die in harness

phrase

  • Die before retirement.

    • ‘Drummond wore himself out by work and died in harness.’
    • ‘Yes, he could have bowed out on top back in June last year and become the only PM other than Ming not to get the boot or die in harness.’
    • ‘As becomes a man steeped in literature, he gives us examples of creative persons who refused to retire, such as Michelangelo and Titian, both of whom died in harness at age 89.’
    • ‘The federation alleged that even the appointments were not made in those cases where the employee had died in harness.’