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(lăs`ō, lăso͞o`), light, strong rope, usually with a smooth, hard finish, made of a fine quality of hemp or nylon. It is used primarily for catching large animals such as cattle and horses. Horsehair or rawhide lassos were formerly common in America, but they have almost completely given way to the hemp and nylon ropes, which are far more efficient roping tools. The rope varies in length from 35 to 50 ft (11–15 m). At one end of the rope is a running knot or a metal ring by means of which a loop or noose is made. The loop is thrown, from as far away as 30 ft (9 m), around the horns or the feet of an animal and drawn tight. The lasso was invented by Native Americans, who used it effectively in war against the Spanish invaders. In the W United States and in parts of Latin America the lasso is a part of the equipment of a cattle herder. To use it on horseback requires great skill of the rider and his horse—the pull of the captured animal may throw the rider's horse, or the horse or rider may become entangled in the rope. The lasso is often called a lariat; the term lariat is applied also to a rope used in picketing, or tethering, animals.
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a long rope (from 15 to 30 m) woven from thong, horse hair, or wool, with a running noose. The lasso, evidently, emerged as a hunting implement and was later widely used by stock raisers. It was known in the countries of the ancient East, especially among the Scythians. Under various names it has been used and is used to this day by many Asian peoples. After cattle and horses were brought to America, the lasso was widely used by some Indian tribes engaged in horse hunting.

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An image editing tool that enables you to select an irregular object by dragging the mouse around it (while the mouse button is held down) and letting go. You do not have to join the ends together. When the mouse button is released, the two ends are connected automatically.

The Lasso Button
The lasso tool is found in many paint and image editing programs both in the Mac and Windows.
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BEARS: Lasse Bjerre, Luke Crang, Jan Graversen, Ben Morley, Matej Kus, Stuart Robson, Adam Roynon.
NEWCASTLE: Max Clegg 14, Ulrich Ostergaard 9, Thomas Jorgensen 9, Matthew Wethers 8, Steve Worrall 7, Lasse Bjerre 4, Danny Phillips 3.
NEWCASTLE: Steve Worrall 10, Simon Lambert 1, Lasse Bjerre 8+2, Matthew Wethers 8, Thomas Jorgensen 7, Max Clegg 3, Danny Phillips 0.
Lasse installed in front of his Mount Prospect home a roughly 15-square-foot plywood sign reading "TRUMP" in big red letters, surrounded by the words "Make America Great Again."
| BELLE VUE 'RENTRUCK' ACES: Craig Cook, Paul Starke, Lasse Bjerre (G), Rohan Tungate, Max Fricke, Dany Gappmaier (G), Dan Bewley; TM: Mark Lemon | POOLE 'VOLVO CARS' PIRATES: Brady Kurtz, Kacper Woryna, Josh Grajczonek (C), Linus Sundstrom, Peter Kildemand, James Shanes, Mateusz Szczepaniak; TM: Neil Middleditch
Brentfordco-director of football Phil Giles told the club's official website: "This transfer was something that both Lasse and the Club were keen to pursue during the last transfer window.
"We are without Jonas B Andersen, who has to race in his native Denmark, so I think that balances Lasse not being fit.
Horton said: "Lasse had a tough season - everyone knows things weren't right for him at Redcar - but we're also fully aware of what he can do when he's happy.
Lasse Heje Pedersen is a faculty member of Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and New York UniversityEs Stern School of Business.
The Diamonds, 50-40 winners at Redcar two weeks ago, need to be on their guard in the return League Cup fixture as the Bears include dynamic Dane Lasse Bjerre, brother of Grand Prix star and former Newcastle favourite Kenneth Bjerre, who also rides the Byker track well.
An uplifting and feel-good cultural feast full of Indian spices, French sophistication and British wit, the movie is directed by Lasse Hallstrom and produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Juliet Blake.