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horse race Syllabification: horse race

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of horse race in English:


1A race between two or more horses ridden by jockeys.
Example sentences
  • Nevertheless Gartside and Cervera, though technically neat, struggled to find the humour in dressing as jockeys riding a symbolic horse race from Siberia to Moscow.
  • Competitors came from across Alberta, B.C. and Manitoba to compete in wild cow milking, team branding, team sorting, a ranch horse competition, horse race and bronc riding.
  • In the chariot race or the horse race, they had a professional charioteer or professional jockey to ride them.
2A very close contest: eight hours after the polls closed, the election was still a horse race
More example sentences
  • As the first horse race of the season draws close in Iowa, the whole machinery of political business as usual has clattered to life to chase after Howard Dean.
  • Oh, no, no, because as much as we get criticized for concentrating on the horse race, when we don't concentrate on the horse race, people want to know about the horse race.
  • It does mean that Keyes can make the race interesting; maybe even a real horse race, and that's no laughing matter for the Democrats.
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