Definition of warhorse in English:


Syllabification: war·horse
Pronunciation: /ˈwôrˌhôrs


  • 1(In historical contexts) a large, powerful horse ridden in battle.
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    • Normal black horses or black warhorses powered most of them.
    • Dalen put her on his own warhorse and they rode double.
    • He rode until his black warhorse stood beside Copper, grabbing her reigns so she could go no further toward Snowkeep.
  • 1.1 informal A soldier, politician, or sports player who has fought many campaigns or contests.
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    • Don't forget, I was the astute observer who told you to watch out for desperate political warhorses with nothing to lose, such as Joe ‘Grand-Mere’ Clark.
    • Given Mortimer's own frail health, it was widely assumed that the old warhorse had been pensioned - if not killed - off.
    • Holmes however was just seen in an exhibition fight, so it might be that the old warhorse will still step in the ring despite what the public would hope.
  • 1.2 informal A musical, theatrical, or literary work that has been heard or performed repeatedly: that old warhorse Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.”
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    • There's a beautiful clarity to Small's playing even when he essays some of the big warhorses of 19th century musical literature.
    • The Dvorak Cello Concerto is probably more the show of the late Jacqueline du Pré, who gives a fine and committed performance of this warhorse.
    • The other big mother-daughter team on the West End is Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson in a sublime production of Oscar Wilde's early warhorse Lady Windermere's Fan.

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