Definition of shire horse in English:

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shire horse

Pronunciation: /ˈSHī(ə)r hôrs/


A heavy powerful horse of a draft breed, originally from the English Midlands.
Example sentences
  • This is well illustrated by crossing a large shire horse with a much smaller Shetland pony.
  • The Hurricane, though less graceful and slower than the Spitfire, was more a shire horse; incredibly strong and capable of taking many hits before it was taken out.
  • Imagine my horror when they told me that, though I was about to gain two wisdom teeth, the rest would have to be yanked out using a pair of industrial-strength pliers and a shire horse.

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