My own suspicion on this is the source may have been (or meant)
"backstraddle", rather than "buckstraddle". This at least places it
zone of "straddleback", which could easily have been a variant on
"saddleback". [OED straddle (II.6b) = saddle.] [Also note, under OED
III.8, "straddleback", but with no topographic meaning (rather, "with the
legs astraddle").] The suggestion below to check the terrain would, of
course, likely offer strengthening evidence that a saddleback ridge was
intended. But it's an odd bounder, all right, and may point to an unknown
(at least to the OED) localism.
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Not in OED, nor in the "A to Zax" dictionary. OED does have
a meaning for
might have a topological analog. A buck is a working framework (like a
which two crotch members are joined by an axis (and presumably the thing
has legs like
a sawhorse). Maybe a "buckstraddle" is a kind of saddlepoint ridge in the
Does that fit with the context?
----- Original Message -----
From: Steve Broyles <deeds(a)ultranet.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 03, 2001 5:40 PM
Subject: [DMU] Have you seen this term in your deeds?
You never know what you'll come across in a deed!
We got a query today from a fellow do research in Massachusetts
not given). One of the property corners was given as a
trying to figure out what it is. I discovered that straddling a deer is
steps of dressing it (straddling the body as you make a long slice along
belly). Straddle is also used to describe the distance between the
left hoof prints of a deer (or presumably other animals).
In any case, if you have an OED or Dictionary of American Slang, you
the answer buried inside.