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Topic: BICYCLES, CARTS, HORSES

Language: Old English
Origin: hors

horse

1 noun
     
horse
horse1 S3 W1
1HBA [countable] a large strong animal that people ride and use for pulling heavy things [↪ pony, equine, equestrian]:
a horse and cart
Lee had never ridden a horse before.
2

the horses

British English informal horse races:
Jim likes a bet on the horses.
3 [countable] a piece of sports equipment in a gymnasium that people jump over
4

(straight/right) from the horse's mouth

if you hear or get information straight from the horse's mouth, you are told it by someone who has direct knowledge of it
5

horses for courses

British English the process of matching people with suitable jobs or activities
6

a two/three/four etc horse race

a competition or an election that only two etc competitors can win
7

a horse of a different color

, a horse of another color American English something that is completely different from another thing
8

horse sense

old-fashioned sensible judgement gained from experience [= common sense]
9 [uncountable] old-fashioned informal heroin
dark horse

; ➔ never/don't look a gift horse in the mouth

at gift (7)

; ➔ be flogging a dead horse

at flog (3)

; ➔ hold your horses

at hold1 (15)

; ➔ put the cart before the horse

at cart1 (4), stalking horse, white horses
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