1(In historical contexts) a large, powerful horse ridden in battle.
- Normal black horses or black warhorses powered most of them.
- Dalen put her on his own warhorse and they rode double.
- He rode until his black warhorse stood beside Copper, grabbing her reigns so she could go no further toward Snowkeep.
1.1 informal A soldier, politician, or sports player who has fought many campaigns or contests.
- Don't forget, I was the astute observer who told you to watch out for desperate political warhorses with nothing to lose, such as Joe ‘Grand-Mere’ Clark.
- Given Mortimer's own frail health, it was widely assumed that the old warhorse had been pensioned - if not killed - off.
- Holmes however was just seen in an exhibition fight, so it might be that the old warhorse will still step in the ring despite what the public would hope.
1.2 informal, chiefly US A musical, theatrical, or literary work that has been heard or performed repeatedly: that old warhorse Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.”
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- There's a beautiful clarity to Small's playing even when he essays some of the big warhorses of 19th century musical literature.
- The Dvorak Cello Concerto is probably more the show of the late Jacqueline du Pré, who gives a fine and committed performance of this warhorse.
- The other big mother-daughter team on the West End is Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson in a sublime production of Oscar Wilde's early warhorse Lady Windermere's Fan.
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