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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: herneis 'bags, equipment'


1 noun
har‧ness1 [uncountable and countable]
1TTB a set of leather bands used to control a horse or to attach it to a vehicle it is pulling
2TD a set of bands used to hold someone in a place or to stop them from falling:
a safety harness

in harness

British English doing your usual work:
I felt glad to be back in harness.

in harness (with somebody)

British English working closely with another person or group

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