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horse British & World English

A solid-hoofed plant-eating domesticated mammal with a flowing mane and tail, used for riding, racing, and to carry and pull loads

one-horse British & World English

Drawn by or using a single horse

two-horse British & World English

(Of a race or other contest) in which only two of the competitors or participants are likely winners

blood horse British & World English

A thoroughbred horse

Crazy Horse British & World English

(Circa 1849–77), Sioux chief; Sioux name Ta-Sunko-Witko. A leading figure in the resistance to white settlement on American Indian land, he was at the centre of the confederation that defeated General Custer at Little Bighorn (1876). He surrendered in 1877 and was killed in custody

dark horse British & World English

A candidate or competitor about whom little is known but who unexpectedly wins or succeeds

draft horse British & World English

A large horse used for pulling heavy loads, especially a cart or plow

dray horse British & World English

A large, powerful horse used to pull heavy loads

shire horse British & World English

A heavy, powerful horse of a draught breed, originally from the English Midlands

stock horse British & World English

A stockman’s horse

towel horse British & World English

A free-standing frame on which to hang towels

trace-horse British & World English

A horse put in traces to pull a vehicle

horse-block British & World English

A mounting block

horse cloth British & World English

A cloth used to cover a horse, or as part of its trappings

horse-coper British & World English

another term for coper.

horse-drawn British & World English

(Of a vehicle) pulled by a horse or horses

horse float British & World English

A vehicle for transporting one or more horses

horse laugh British & World English

A loud, coarse laugh

horse race British & World English

A race between two or more horses ridden by jockeys

iron horse British & World English

A steam railway locomotive

hobby horse British & World English

A child’s toy consisting of a stick with a model of a horse’s head at one end

heavy horse British & World English

A large, strong, heavily built horse of a type or breed used for draught work

wheel horse British & World English

A horse harnessed nearest the wheels of a vehicle

charley horse British & World English

A cramp or feeling of stiffness in an arm or leg

clothes horse British & World English

A frame on which washed clothes are hung to air indoors

cutting horse British & World English

A horse trained in separating cattle from a herd

liberty horse British & World English

A horse that performs in a circus without a rider

pommel horse British & World English

A vaulting horse fitted with a pair of curved handgrips, used for a gymnastic exercise consisting of swings of the legs and body

saddle horse British & World English

A wooden frame or stand on which saddles are cleaned or stored

Quarter Horse British & World English

A horse of a small stocky breed noted for agility and speed over short distances. It is reputed to be the fastest breed of horse over distances of a quarter of a mile

rocking horse British & World English

A model of a horse mounted on rockers or springs for a child to sit on and rock to and fro

Trojan Horse British & World English

(In Greek mythology) a hollow wooden statue of a horse in which the Greeks are said to have concealed themselves in order to enter Troy

Horse Guards British & World English

(In the UK) the mounted squadrons provided from the Household Cavalry for ceremonial duties

horse mussel British & World English

A large marine mussel which may occur in very large populations in food-rich waters

horse pistol British & World English

A large pistol carried at the pommel of the saddle by a rider

horse racing British & World English

The sport in which horses and their riders take part in races, either on a flat course or over hurdles or fences, typically with substantial betting on the outcome

horse-trading British & World English

The buying and selling of horses

horse walker British & World English

A mechanically rotating arm or cage to which horses are tied in order to exercise

pantomime horse British & World English

A comic character in the form of a horse, played by two actors in one costume, one providing the front legs and operating the head, the other providing the back legs

stalking horse British & World English

A person or thing that is used to conceal someone’s real intentions

vaulting horse British & World English

A padded wooden block used for vaulting over by gymnasts and athletes

horse chestnut British & World English

A deciduous tree with large leaves of five leaflets, conspicuous sticky winter buds, and upright conical clusters of white, pink, or red flowers. It bears nuts (conkers) enclosed in a fleshy case

horse latitudes British & World English

A belt of calm air and sea occurring in both the northern and southern hemispheres between the trade winds and the westerlies

horse mackerel British & World English

A shoaling edible fish of the eastern Atlantic, which is commercially fished in southern African waters

horse mushroom British & World English

A large edible mushroom with a creamy-white cap and pinkish-grey gills, found in grassland in Eurasia and North America


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