Sally

Saddle. (Latin, sella; French, selle.)

“The horse ... stopped his course by degrees, and went with his rider ... into a pond to drink; and there sat his lordship upon the sally.” —Lives of the Norths.

Vaulting ambition ... o'erleaps its sell,
And falls o' the other ...

Shakespeare: Macbeth, i. 7.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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