Definition of one-horse in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwənˌhôrs/


1Drawn by or using a single horse.
Example sentences
  • In 1848 American Agriculturist praised new wagons light enough to be pulled by only two horses. By the 1860s one-horse wagons were available.
  • Four hundredweight in a one-horse cart was low in comparison with the weights carried by scheduled carriers but it is a plausible average to use for traffic on the rural roads of Cheshire.
  • A one-horse cart could carry much more than a packhorse but travelled more slowly.
1.1 informal Small and insignificant: a one-horse town
More example sentences
  • Behmhusen is somewhat less than a one-horse village, so I was immediately packed off to Lüneburg to finish school with my cousins.
  • Much better surrounding hill towns like Ramatuelle, or the one-horse village of La Mole near my bed and breakfast.
  • In this one-horse tech town dominated by MIT, it's fun to think what this might mean.


one-horse race

A contest in which one candidate or competitor is clearly superior to all the others and seems certain to win.
Example sentences
  • In many eyes, this year's Best Actress Oscar contest is a one-horse race.
  • The 1975 contest was a one-horse race - this time in the sense that Captain Christy led from start to finish and ended up an emphatic 30-length winner.
  • Now it is widely assumed that this recent development changes everything, that the East is suddenly a one-horse race, and that the Heat - Zo and behold - has become the favorite to make it to June.

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Syllabification: one-horse

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