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The language of horse-racing

 

2 May sees the running of the Kentucky Derby, one of the most important races in the American horse-racing calendar, in which…

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12 boxing metaphors you hear all the time

 

Although the sport still enjoys a relatively large following today, the huge popularity that boxing had over a century ago…