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From Spanish la reata ‘the lasso’.



lariat ‎(plural lariats)

  1. A lasso.
    • Around 1900, O Henry, A Call Loan
      Not so circumscribed in expedient for the reduction of surplus wealth were those lairds of the lariat who had womenfolk to their name.
  2. A tether.
  3. (wrestling) An attack where the wrestler runs towards an opponent, wraps his arm around their upper chest and neck and then forces them to the ground.


lariat ‎(third-person singular simple present lariats, present participle lariating, simple past and past participle lariated)

  1. (transitive) To lasso.
    • 1880, Ballou's Monthly Magazine (volume 52, page 84)
      Here they dismounted, lariated their horses, in order that they might enjoy the long, green grass growing near the banks of the brook; and bathing their faces in the cool, sparkling water, they partook sparingly of their provisions.