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The strap attaching a stirrup iron to a saddle.
- ‘More than once, in the course of a joust, a stirrup leather was broken.’
- ‘A standing martingale, often supported by a stirrup leather, is used to prevent the horse's head hitting the rider.’
- ‘I saw now that Gloria's dappled gray, aptly named J.E.B. Stuart after the famous rebel cavalryman, was dripping wet up to the stirrup leathers on his saddle.’
- ‘The breaking of a stirrup leather, with a full circuit of the race still to travel, was the task faced by him, who, undaunted, kicked his other foot free and gave Colonel Frank all the assistance that was needed.’
stirrup leather/ˈstirəp ˌleT͟Hər/
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