Entry from US English dictionary
Definition of horse race in English:
1A race between two or more horses ridden by jockeys.
- 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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