1A horse used for work on a farm.
- We experimented with teams of Percheron and Belgian workhorses.
- After 26 years of horse power, we sold our six workhorses (yes, we were guilty of ‘get bigger or get out’), completing our switch to using hand power.
- They tend to be more workhorses than show horses.
1.1A person or machine that dependably performs hard work over a long period of time: he was a workhorse of an actor, often appearing in as many as forty plays in a year
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- Chunky, practical and uninspiring, it used to be nothing more than a dependable workhorse.
- They're sort of workhorses of the airline industry.
- He's a workhorse on a team that plays hard defensively, but provides little cushion offensively.
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