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straddle

1. Athletics a high-jumping technique in which the body is parallel with the bar and the legs straddle it at the highest point of the jump
2. (in poker) the stake put up after the ante in poker by the second player after the dealer
3. Irish a wooden frame placed on a horse's back to which panniers are attached
References in classic literature ?
I’ve followed the salt-water for the better part of a man’s life, and have seen some navigation on the fresh; but this here matter I will say in your favor, and that is, that you’re the awk’ardest green 'un that ever straddled a boat’s thwart.
By dint of hard scrambling he finally straddled the top, but some loose stones crumbled away and fell with a crash into the court within.
They straddled on two chairs, the flour sacks beneath them on the floor and held together by rope-lashings.
In the end, one day, fear and obedience were swept away by the rush of life, and the cub straddled and sprawled toward the entrance.