1) Originally a withe or withy, that is a tough, flexible but slender branch of a willow or osier, used as a tie or shackle, presumably attached to the ‘tug’ on a working horse. It was later applied to an iron chain which had the same function.

1551 a ploughe foote shakill, a tugwithe and a plewbyeme, Altofts

1559 too iron tugwythes, Castleford

1613 a harrow, freat & a tugwythye of iron, Cottingley

1675 2 iron sugwidies [sic], Selby.

dates 1551 1559 1613 1675

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