Definition of thoroughbred in English:


Line breaks: thor¦ough|bred
Pronunciation: /ˈθʌrəbrɛd



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  • 1A horse of a thoroughbred breed.
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    • Harness racing, pacing and trotting, is raced by standard-bred horses as opposed to thoroughbreds, who do the galloping.
    • Her hobby is betting on horses, and Josef's business is breeding and racing thoroughbreds.
    • In recent seasons, the lucrative prizes and improvements in equine aviation have attracted the cream of Europe's thoroughbreds to the annual US extravaganza.
  • 1.1 informal An outstanding or first-class person or thing: this is a real thoroughbred of a record
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    • He looks a real thoroughbred in attack and defence, and has the unusual ability in the current context of remaining injury free.
    • Second record cap-holder and an immense tackler, Scott was a thoroughbred from 19, and got stronger and stronger.
    • Outstanding in midfield this season, the 32-year-old thoroughbred switched to centre-back after his teammate limped off with a knee injury just over half an hour into the action.

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