Definition of workhorse in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈwəːkhɔːs


  • 1A horse used for work on a farm.
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    • We experimented with teams of Percheron and Belgian workhorses.
    • After 26 years of horse power, we sold our six workhorses (yes, we were guilty of ‘get bigger or get out’), completing our switch to using hand power.
    • They tend to be more workhorses than show horses.
  • 1.1A person or machine that dependably performs hard work over a long period of time: the aircraft was the standard workhorse of Soviet medium-haul routes
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    • Chunky, practical and uninspiring, it used to be nothing more than a dependable workhorse.
    • They're sort of workhorses of the airline industry.
    • He's a workhorse on a team that plays hard defensively, but provides little cushion offensively.

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