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die in harness

To die while still actively working or still of the age or physical condition to do so (i.e., before retirement). With medicine and healthcare improving at such vast rates, far fewer people die in harness than ever before.
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back in(to) (the) harness

Resuming one's daily work. I'm not thrilled to get back into the harness on Monday. When do you get back in harness after your trip?
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be back in harness

To resume one's daily work. Primarily heard in UK. I'm not thrilled to be back in harness on Monday. When are you back in harness after your trip?
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in harness

Doing one's usual job; at work. I know you're not thrilled to be in harness on this Monday, gentlemen, but please try to focus. When are you back in harness after your trip?
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*back in(to) (the) harness

Fig. back doing one's job. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) I don't look forward to getting back into the harness next Monday. When my vacation is over, I have to get back into harness the very next day. I'm not looking forward to having to get back in harness after my trip abroad.
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harness an animal up

to put a harness on an animal, such as a horse. You had better harness the horses up so we can go. Please harness up the mare for me.
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harness someone (or an animal) to something

to attach someone, something, or an animal to something with a harness. The instructor harnessed me to the hang glider, and I really began to get nervous. Andrew harnessed the horses to the little wagon.
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die with one's boots on

Also, die in harness. Expire while working, keep working to the end, as in He'll never retire-he'll die with his boots on, or She knows she'll never get promoted, but she wants to die in harness. Both phrases probably allude to soldiers who died on active duty. Until the early 1600s the noun boot denoted a piece of armor for the legs, which may have given rise to this usage; and Shakespeare used harness in the sense of armor when he wrote: "At least we'll die with harness on our back" ( Macbeth 5:5).
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in harness

On duty or at work. For example, Despite his illness he's determined to continue in harness. It also is put as be back in harness, meaning "to return to duty or work," as in After a long vacation she's finally back in harness. This expression alludes to horses harnessed to perform work. [First half of 1800s] Also see die with one's boots on (in harness).
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in harness

mainly BRITISH
1. If someone is in harness, they are actively doing their job. Note: A harness is a set of straps like the one that is fitted to a horse when it pulls a cart. Random jumped at the chance to be back in harness. Other workers may die in harness, in which case their beneficiaries receive the money.
2. If two or more people or things work in harness, they work together or produce something together. Note: A harness is a set of straps like the one that is fitted to a horse when it pulls a cart. Experts in statistics and computing may work in harness on a single project. What is fundamental to creativity is for the two hemispheres of the brain to be working in harness.
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die in harness

die before retirement.
This expression is drawing a comparison between a person at work and a horse in harness drawing a plough or cart.
1992 Harper's Magazine Don't overly concern yourself with the union pension fund. Musicians mostly die in harness.
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in harness

1 in the routine of daily work. 2 working closely with someone to achieve something.
The image is of a horse or other animal being used for driving or draught work.
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die in ˈharness

die while you are still working
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in ˈharness

(British English) doing your normal work, especially after a rest or a holiday/vacation: After so many weeks away, it felt good to be back in harness again.
A harness is a set of strips of leather and metal pieces that is used for controlling a horse.
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in ˈharness (with somebody)

(British English) working closely with somebody in order to achieve something: The manager told us to remember that we’re a team, and that we can achieve much greater results if we’re working in harness.
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in harness

On duty or at work.
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However, given their popularity, and a prevalent lack of attention to proper fit and adjustment, it's now common to see dogs in obvious discomfort in poorly fit front-clip harnesses that interfere with their movement, even when they are walking without pulling.
Although she found work as an engineer again after the economy recovered, Franzen quit that job about four years ago and now hires several part-time workers to sew harnesses, as well as leashes, collars and skijor belts.
As I mentioned earlier, the Sleepypod Clickit Utility Harness was the only one of the seven harnesses that were included in the 2013 CPS crash tests that earned a "Top Performer" designation by CPS.
These revolutionary harnesses will set the standard for technical rescue, tactical law enforcement and military special operations equipment for many years to come.
BASED UPON THE EVALUATION RESULTS, THE FOLLOWING NEW SAFETY HARNESSES ARE AUTHORIZED FOR SUBMARINES: A.
OSIO offers a broad range of cable assembly services from low-volume, complex hand-assembled harnesses to high-volume, semi-automated lines using automated wire cutting and stripping, splicing, transfer molding, auto-crimping, complex harnessing, connector over-molding, and strain-relief molding.
Harnesses were originally created for the purpose of pulling--i.
If you have ordered the wrong harnesses, replace them immediately with the orange parachute type harness.
The ExoFit NEX is constructed with Repel Technology Webbing, providing extreme durability with up to five times more abrasion resistance and water repellence than previous generations of harnesses.
I'm sitting at my desk, which is piled high with control-type walking harnesses for dogs, and reveling at how this market niche has expanded since the introduction of the first frontclip model, the SENSE-ation Harness, more than a decade ago.
The ExoFit NEX[TM] is constructed with REPEL[TM] Technology Webbing, providing extreme durability with up to five times more abrasion resistance and water repellence than previous generations of harnesses.
More of the harnesses are selling than ever before, and he attributes this to the fact that the hunting public's perception of full-body harnesses has changed.
AMEX: LB) has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $5 million from Kaman Aerospace Corporation to provide cockpit wiring harnesses for various models of the BLACK HAWK helicopter.
maker of the Personal Fall Arrest System, has expanded its line of safety harnesses to include a new industrial-grade Full Body Harness and a harness-compatible Climbing Belt.
Going forward with steer-by-wire and brake-by-wire technologies emerging, can the current wiring harnesses technology cope?