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Topic: HORSES

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: estable, from Latin stabulum, from stare; STABLE1

stable

2 noun
     
stable2 [countable]
1TA a building where horses are kept
2

stables

[plural] a place where horses are kept and that often gives riding lessons
3DSH a group of racing horses that has one owner or trainer
4 a group of people working for the same company or with the same trainer:
actors from the same Hollywood stable
5

shut/close the stable door after the horse has bolted

British English to try to prevent something when it is too late and harm has already been done
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