One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who engages in persistent attacks on others or incursions into their land.
- ‘The harried becomes the harrier, and what starts as a friendly disagreement can turn into a struggle for life and death.’
1A hound of a breed used for hunting hares.
- ‘The hare would be given a head start and lay a trail with shreds of paper, to be chased by the hounds or harriers.’
- ‘Their victim was the hare, which they hunted on foot, assisted by the harrier - a small dog bred specifically for chasing hares.’
- ‘The Vale of Lune Hunt has been hunting hares with its pack of harriers for 110 years and many of today's hounds are descended from the hunt's original pack.’
- ‘The roll will include seven packs of beagles, one pack of minkhounds, two packs of harriers, two packs of fell foxhounds and 13 packs of foxhounds.’
- ‘He loved to follow the local harriers and enjoyed the hunting scene immensely.’
- 1.1 A cross-country runner.
- ‘In the age 50 and above class, Harriers had two runners in the Ireland team.’
- ‘With four first places within 13 days during May, she is the Harriers current Runner of the Month.’
- ‘After racing over the Middleton hills, the runners enjoyed Harriers ' hospitality back at Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club.’
- ‘Backley joined the Harriers as a six-year-old runner before turning to javelin two years later following a leg injury.’
- ‘The Harriers will be hosting the Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships on Saturday.’
Late Middle English hayrer, from hare + -er. The spelling change was due to association with harrier.
A long-winged, slender-bodied bird of prey with low quartering flight.
- ‘Larger species usually lay clutches of one to two eggs, where as smaller accipiters and harriers normally lay clutches of five to six eggs.’
- ‘Tens of thousands of hawks, kites, falcons, eagles, osprey, vultures, and harriers appear in the skies over the Golden Gate from August through December.’
- ‘Pete takes us inside the lives and minds of all thirty-four species of diurnal raptors found in North America - hawks, falcons, eagles, vultures, the osprey and the harrier.’
- ‘The harrier is slender and sports a barred tail.’
- ‘Hawks, harriers, falcons, eagles, and vultures are diurnal migrants.’
Mid 16th century (as harrower): from harrow ‘harry, rob’ (variant of harry). The spelling change in the 17th century was due to association with harrier.
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