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Topic: CHRONOLOGY

Language: Old English
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horn

1 noun
     
horn
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1

animal

a) [countable] the hard pointed thing that grows, usually in pairs, on the heads of animals such as cows and goats [↪ antlers]
b) [uncountable] the substance that animals' horns are made of:
a knife with a horn handle
c) [countable] a part of an animal's head that sticks out like a horn, for example on a snail
2

on a car

[countable]TMC the thing in a vehicle that you use to make a loud sound as a signal or warning
sound/toot/honk/blow your horn (=make a noise with your horn)
3

musical instrument

[countable]
a) APM a musical instrument like a long metal tube that is wide at one end, that you play by blowing
b) informal a trumpet
c) a French horn
d) APM a musical instrument made from an animal's horn English horn
4

drinking horn/powder horn etc

a container in the shape of an animal's horn, used in the past for drinking from, carrying gunpowder etc
5

draw/pull in your horns

to reduce the amount of money you spend
6

be on the horns of a dilemma

to be in a situation in which you have to choose between two equally unpleasant or difficult situations

➔ blow your own trumpet/horn

at blow1 (21)

➔ lock horns

at lock1 (6)

➔ take the bull by the horns

at bull1 (3)
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