Definition of short head in English:

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short head

Horse Racing , British


A length less than that of a horse’s head (used in referring to the distance by which a horse wins or loses): he lost by a short head
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  • Rainbow High was a short head back in second with Ski Run another three lengths back in third.
  • The filly prevailed by a short head, with Chorist a neck away in third.
  • Bago was a further short head away in third, while Warrsan took fourth.


(short-head) [with object] Narrowly beat: he was short-headed by Curaheen Boy
More example sentences
  • He then got short-headed by One Won One in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh and has run really well without reward subsequently, most recently when fourth to his old rival Continent in a blanket finish in the Prix de l' Abbaye.
  • The daughter of Elusive Quality took control of the race early in the home straight under Richard Hills, and came home with a length-and-a-half to spare over Lucky Date, who short-headed Oblige for second.
  • Having been short-headed on Spirit Of Love in the Stayers by Dominant Duchess, the stewards cautioned the 21-year-old for improper riding for using his whip without giving the horse time to respond.
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