One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shaft, especially one of a pair, used to attach a cart or carriage to the animal drawing it.
pole, stick, rod, staff, shank, uprightView synonyms
- ‘Ball joints have been used in the connections between the thills or shafts and the horse's harness.’
- ‘When we got righted and again on our way, on descending a gentle hillside and having met some slight obstacle which required us to back up the hill, the sleigh reared up behind and threw us on the thills and horse's feet.’
- ‘A pair of thills extend forwardly from the main frame along opposite sides of the flanks of the horse to which the cart is attached.’
Middle English: of unknown origin.
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