One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person engaged in forcing a new or potential recruit to the military, a college fraternity, etc., to perform strenuous, humiliating, or dangerous tasks.‘the hazers would dunk us under the water for a short time before allowing us to come up for air’
- ‘This does not deflect responsibility on those who beat him but it does assert that both the hazer and hazees both were equally wrong in their actions.’
- ‘One victim said the alleged hazers told them to tilt their heads back and open their mouths.’
- ‘There always seems to be at least one sadistic guy among the hazers who just gets pleasure from making people suffer.’
- ‘Hazing degrades and risks physical and emotional harm because of the hazers' need to feel powerful and in control.’
- ‘He's a bully, a hazer, and a racist, a full-on pig.’
2A person who drives cattle while on horseback.‘the role of a good hazer in a winning steer wrestling run cannot be overstated’
- ‘Bulldogger Straws Milan - and his hazer - were both outrun by the steer he drew and Regina bareback rider Ty Taypotat was bucked off his horse.’
- ‘One team member (the hazer) in the steer-wrestling event rides his horse to help control the running path of the steer.’
- ‘He positions his horse to the left of the steer and his partner, the "hazer," is to the right of the steer.’
- ‘It is very important for the hazer to keep the steer close to the bulldogger so that he can lean out of his saddle to grasp the steer's right horn.’
- ‘He said his horse Rusty was spot on but his hazer played a large role in the overall success in a run he desperately needed to have.’
Mid 19th century: from haze + -er.
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