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To die in harness

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To die in harness to die with armor on; hence, colloquially, to die while actively engaged in work or duty.
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Usage

In literature:

Brave heart, ready to die in harness!
"The Life of Charlotte Bronte - Volume 1" by Elizabeth Gaskell
Tis an enviable thing to die in harness.
"We Two" by Edna Lyall
It was permitted Champlain to die in harness.
"The Founder of New France: A Chronicle of Champlain" by Charles W. Colby
Nevertheless, Oberstein's Germans were brave and faithful, resisting to the last, and dying every man in his harness.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume III.(of III) 1574-84" by John Lothrop Motley
I dare say it will be better to die in harness.
"December Love" by Robert Hichens
To die in harness means to die married.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, January 7, 1914" by Various
The one hope is to die in harness.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
He established the system and brought it to success, dying in harness in 1874.
"The Negro" by W.E.B. Du Bois
No, I want to die in the harness.
"Faith Gartney's Girlhood" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
Most of them die in the harness; and a cowboy who has outlived his usefulness is difficult to find.
"The Saddle Boys of the Rockies" by James Carson
We work till we can work no longer, and are proud, like old horses, to die in harness.
"India: What can it teach us?" by F. Max Müller
Then pensively looking at his fallen foe, "Peace to his ashes," he said; "he died in harness!
"Prince Ricardo of Pantouflia being the adventures of Prince Prigio's son" by Andrew Lang
This was not to be, though he was to die "in harness," like Nicanor of old, without lingering illness or broken powers.
"Charles Carleton Coffin" by William Elliot Griffis
He would return to work and die in harness.
"The Christmas Peace" by Thomas Nelson Page
The American works until he can't play; and then thanks the devil, his master, that he is donkey enough to die in harness.
"Eugenics and Other Evils" by G. K. Chesterton
The future was meaningless to me; I regretted I had not elected to die in harness.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
It was permitted Champlain to die in harness.
"The Founder of New France" by Charles W. Colby
It is only to die in harness after all.
"Wau-nan-gee or the Massacre at Chicago" by Major John Richardson
They die in harness, harnessed to the car of Mammon.
"Jonathan and His Continent" by Max O'Rell
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In news:

Peter Lougheed, the Alberta premier who harnessed his province's vast oil and gas resources to transform its economy, died Thursday in Calgary, Alberta .
Two people died outside one of Harmony Gold Mining Co.'s (HAR.JO) gold mines in South Africa late Thursday in what the company said appeared to be inter-union rivalry.
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