One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rope used as a lasso or for tethering.
- ‘Through the window, I watch a man practice for the calf-roping event by tossing his lariat over anybody who passes by.’
- ‘It might be a twirl or a flick or the tap of a lariat or a longe line or a whip.’
- ‘The entire cargo was secured to the aparejo by means of the lariat, some 50-60 ft of cord, looped over and under in the celebrated ‘diamond hitch’.’
- ‘Their stocky Indian driver, pigtailed and black-hatted, followed them astride a mule and quirted their hindquarters with a length of rope which he swung like a lariat.’
- ‘Abandoning the boat, expert horsemen Floyd and Gordon Takes Gun rode into the floodwaters with lariats and rescued twenty-seven people.’
- ‘The painting classes in the film focus on mountain landscapes, still-life studies of ‘the West’ such as a western saddle and lariat, and life drawings of local Stoney people posed cross-legged in front of a picturesque teepee.’
- ‘One journalist described Madison as a ‘Montana ranch girl, expert in the art of whirling a lariat arid revolver marksmanship.’’
- ‘As he reached the ground his pony started to run and was dragging the body which was evidently attached by a lariat to the pommel of his saddle.’
- ‘For those who like a more sedate evening minus the cowboy whoops and lariats, Jockey Club may be the best place to be in.’
- ‘Looking at them, you really do think of twirling lariats, and here the vaguely bordello colors, along with a kind of supercharged motion, suggest a semi-frantic, but also humorous, licentiousness.’
- ‘The western side of the country/western equation is established by Froos's glittery Broadway cowgirl costume and by the gorgeous chorus girls' twirling of crepe-paper lariats.’
- ‘This person is presented with a replica of an original Indian arrowhead mounted with copper wire and attached to a leather lariat.’
- ‘They bought a lariat and a gun and, one morning, lay in ambush for the milkman, nearly killing him.’
- ‘Shebala and his son Sheldon, 24, used lariats to tie up one of the animals legs force it to lie on the ground.’
- ‘Then they have all those places to put stuff, like your rifle and your lariat and your blanket.’
- ‘I sat there, currently in a very indifferent mood, braiding together plastic strings to make lariats or something like that.’
- ‘A gaggle of cowboys walk by en route to the rodeo tent, lariats swinging.’
- ‘The teenage boy kept his eyes on the young cow before him, he took out his lariat, then tugged at his wet, leather gloves, flinching when they rubbed a blister.’
- ‘They watched as Luke let loose his lariat, it flew through the air and wrapped around his intended target - his little sister.’
- ‘He threw his lariat and it looped around a cow's neck, then he yanked it tight.’
Mid 19th century: from Spanish la reata from la ‘the’ and reatar ‘tie again’ (based on Latin aptare ‘adjust’, from aptus ‘apt, fitting’).
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