Definition of horse in English:
- Equus caballus, family Equidae (the horse family), descended from the wild Przewalski’s horse. The horse family also includes the asses and zebras
- A horse pulling a cart carrying racegoers was struck by lightning and died and a passenger was killed.
- The mowing machine for the barley and oats was pulled by two horses and carried two people - the blades would be flying when it was in use.
- Domestic donkeys interact well with other livestock animals such as horses, cows, goats, sheep, and llamas.
- On the roof of the cave deft hands had painted bison, elk, horses and wild boars.
- Wild horses can be tamed, but Finch said it takes someone who is knowledgeable and experienced.
- The horse family - Equiidae - was an especial success story during the Neogene.
- The cavalry regiments have always been splendidly dressed, with the light horse being the most dashing.
- He fought alongside the duke at the naval battles off Lowestoft in 1665 and at Sole Bay in 1672 and, though a catholic, was made colonel of a regiment of horse.
- The next level down was the commander of the fire unit - the horse artillery troop or foot artillery company - equivalent to modern batteries.
- And the wall bars and horses which have characterised school gym halls for hundreds of years will be replaced by treadmills and electronic recumbent bikes.
- R. Mikaelyan was first among the Soviet gymnasts who started with the long horse.
- A year later Olga won her first award at the national title meet - a gold medal in the horse vault.
- For the great horse called heroin will take you to hell.
- Instead of a bunch of layabouts smoking glue and cracking charlie's horse with LSD, we could have good, fit criminals with discipline and firearms skills.
- He remembers his first taste of marijuana, his first snort of horse.
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- For firms horsing their own vehicles, the cost of the yard would be a joint cost and cannot be divided between horses and vehicles.
- High tobymen, or horsed robbers, had yielded the field to low tobymen, or footpads, and roadside thieving had lost its traditional panache.
- North and South learned early on that horsed formations could not charge ranks of infantry armed with the new rifled musket, and they relegated cavalry to scouting and raiding roles.
An ancient word that has relatives in most northern European languages. The root may also be the source of Latin currere ‘to run’ ( see cursor). Horse racing has given numerous expressions to the language. The saying horses for courses is from the idea that each racehorse is suited to one particular racecourse and will do better on that than on any other. A. E. T. Watson's The Turf in 1891 was the first to record this observation, which he describes as ‘a familiar phrase on the turf’. The underlying idea of straight from the horse's mouth is that the best way to get racing tips is to ask a horse directly. One of the first examples comes from a 1913 edition of the Syracuse Herald: ‘Lionel hesitated, then went on quickly. “I got a tip yesterday, and if it wasn't straight from the horse's mouth it was jolly well the next thing to it.”’ People often say something like, ‘Oh, wild horses wouldn't…’, meaning that nothing could persuade them to do that particular thing, not realizing the horrific reference—it comes from the old custom of executing criminals by tying each of the four limbs to four horses and then urging the horses on, tearing the person into four pieces. To flog a dead horse is to waste energy on a lost cause or a situation that cannot be altered. Dead horse used to be workmen's slang for work that was charged for before it was done: to work or work for a dead horse was to do work that you had already been paid for.
An early form of the proverb you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink was ‘They can but bringe horse to the water brinke, But horse may choose whether that horse will drinke’ ( 1602). The horse chestnut was formerly said to be a remedy for chest diseases in horses, and its name is a translation of Latin Castanea equina. In horsefly (Late Middle English), horseradish (late 16th century), and similar terms horse implies ‘large of its kind’. See also dark, easel, equestrian, gift
don't change horses in midstream
frighten the horses
- [usually with negative] Do something likely to cause public outrage or offence: David’s views would not have frightened the horsesMore example sentences
- In order to stay in office, such a government would probably do very little to frighten the horses.
- The Government does not want to frighten the horses.
- David's views, which surely should have been known, would not have frightened the horses.
from the horse's mouth
- (Of information) from the person directly concerned or another authoritative source.Example sentences
- Here again, no information from the horse's mouth, only from ‘widespread reports across the Indian media‘.
- Those were the days when any scribe could get any information he needed from the horse's mouth.
- This is a positive thing; it's good for students at all levels to get information straight from the horse's mouth, not only for accuracy but also for enthusiasm and authenticity.
horses for courses
- British proverb Different people are suited to different things.Example sentences
- However, it is horses for courses and we can't say for sure that every boy will play all their matches for the club team.
- I think it's very much horses for courses - it's about getting a good balance between public and private sector.
- Always a believer in horses for courses - since the advent of the squad system at least - the Scotland coach is likely to chop and twiddle and tinker over the five championship games.
you can lead (or take) a horse to water but you can't make him drink
- proverb You can give someone an opportunity, but you can’t force them to take it.Example sentences
- But the old, old cliché says you can take a horse to water but you can't make him drink, well we believe that we can make him thirsty.
- As the saying goes that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink, so the same goes with standards education.
- To paraphrase Keynes, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.
horse around (or about)
- informal Fool about: they were talking silly and horsing aroundMore example sentences
fool around/about, play the fool, act foolishly, act the clown, act the fool, play about/around, clown about/around, monkey about/around, play tricks, indulge in horseplay, engage in high jinksBritish informal muck about/aroundNorth American informal cut updated play the giddy goat
- There will be plenty of horsing about going on at a big top near the Trafford Centre this week.
- Then we got to our transfer spot and as they waited mom and daughters fooled around, pulling at one another and horsing around.
- I enjoyed horsing around with a new person in the group, talking, arguing, eating, drinking, running around in breaks to see who can run faster.
- Example sentences
- The centaur had her four cockatrices perched on the spine of her horse-like half, and her cat was at her side.
- That the fossil record documents a large number of stable horse-like species has no relevance to the question of whether the horse fossils we have provide strong evidence of common descent.
- A reptilian head was accompanied by a horse-like body.
Words that rhyme with horsecoarse, corse, course, divorce, endorse (US indorse), enforce, force, gorse, hoarse, morse, Norse, perforce, reinforce, sauce, source, torse • carthorse • racehorse • sea • clothes horse • shire
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