Language: Old English
Origin: hors


1 noun
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.

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

(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

horses for courses

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

a two/three/four etc horse race

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

a horse of a different color

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

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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