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A dark horse

  • in racing or politics, a horse or a candidate whose chances of success are not known, and whose capabilities have not been made the subject of general comment or of wagers . Colloq.
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american saddle horse

  • noun a high-stepping horse originating in Kentucky
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Black horse

  • (Zoöl.), a fish of the Mississippi valley (Cycleptus elongatus), of the sucker family; the Missouri sucker.
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Black horse, Blood horse

  • etc. See under Black, etc.
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Blood horse

  • a horse whose blood or lineage is derived from the purest and most highly prized origin or stock.
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Brake horse power

  • the net effective power of a prime mover, as a steam engine, water wheel, etc., in horse powers, as shown by a friction brake. See Friction brake, under Friction.
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Carriage horse

  • a horse kept for drawing a carriage.
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Cart horse

  • noun draft horse kept for pulling carts
    carthorse; drayhorse.
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  • a horse which draws a cart; a horse bred or used for drawing heavy loads.
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cavalry horse

  • noun horse trained for battle
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charley horse

  • noun a muscular cramp (especially in the thigh or calf) following vigorous exercise
    charley horse.
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charley-horse

  • noun a muscular cramp (especially in the thigh or calf) following vigorous exercise
    charley horse.
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coach horse

  • noun strong draft horse for drawing coaches
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crazy horse

  • noun a chief of the Sioux who resisted the invasion of the Black Hills and joined Sitting Bull in the defeat of General Custer at Little Bighorn (1849-1877)
    Tashunca-Uitco.
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dark horse

  • noun a political candidate who is not well known but could win unexpectedly
  • noun a racehorse about which little is known
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dawn horse

  • noun earliest horse; extinct primitive dog-sized four-toed Eocene animal
    eohippus.
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Dead horse

  • an expression applied to a debt for wages paid in advance. Law
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Devil's riding-horse

  • (Zoöl.), the American mantis (Mantis Carolina).
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Draft box, Draft engine, Draft horse, Draft net, Draft ox, Draft tube

  • . Same as Draught box, Draught engine, etc. See under Draught.
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draft horse

  • noun horse adapted for drawing heavy loads
    draft horse; draught horse.
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Draught horse

  • noun horse adapted for drawing heavy loads
    draft horse; draught horse.
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  • a horse employed in drawing loads, plowing, etc., as distinguished from a saddle horse or carriage horse.
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Dray horse

  • noun horse adapted for drawing heavy loads
    draft horse; draught horse.
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  • a heavy, strong horse used in drawing a dray.
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farm horse

  • noun a quiet plodding workhorse
    dobbin.
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female horse

  • noun female equine animal
    mare.
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Fill horse

  • a thill horse.
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Flemish horse

  • (Naut.), an additional footrope at the end of a yard.
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gift horse

  • noun a gift (usually of inferior quality) that should be accepted uncritically
    • it wasn't much, but don't look a gift horse in the mouth
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gymnastic horse

  • noun a padded gymnastic apparatus on legs
    horse.
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harness horse

  • noun horse used for pulling vehicles
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high horse

  • noun an attitude of arrogant superiority
    • get off your high horse and admit you are wrong
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Horned horse

  • (Zoöl.), the gnu.
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Horse breaker ∨ trainer

  • one employed in subduing or training horses for use.
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Horse aloes

  • caballine aloes.
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Horse ant

  • (Zoöl.), a large ant (Formica rufa); called also horse emmet.
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horse around

  • verb indulge in horseplay
    arse around; fool; fool around.
    • Enough horsing around--let's get back to work!
    • The bored children were fooling about
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Horse artillery

  • that portion of the artillery in which the cannoneers are mounted, and which usually serves with the cavalry; flying artillery.
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Horse balm

  • noun erect perennial strong-scented with serrate pointed leaves and a loose panicle of yellowish flowers; the eastern United States
    horseweed; stone root; richweed; stone-root; stoneroot; Collinsonia canadensis.
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  • (Bot.), a strong-scented labiate plant (Collinsonia Canadensis), having large leaves and yellowish flowers.
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horse barn

  • noun a farm building for housing horses or other livestock
    stalls; stable.
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Horse bean

  • noun a bean plant cultivated for use animal fodder
    broad bean.
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  • (Bot.), a variety of the English or Windsor bean (Faba vulgaris), grown for feeding horses.
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horse blanket

  • noun stable gear consisting of a blanket placed under the saddle
    saddlecloth; saddle blanket.
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Horse boat

  • a boat for conveying horses and cattle, or a boat propelled by horses.
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Horse bot

  • . (Zoöl.) See Botfly, and Bots.
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horse botfly

  • noun parasitic chiefly on horses
    Gasterophilus intestinalis.
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Horse box

  • a railroad car for transporting valuable horses, as hunters. Eng.
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horse breeding

  • noun breeding horses
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horse brier

  • noun a very prickly woody vine of the eastern United States growing in tangled masses having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries
    catbrier; horse brier; greenbrier; Smilax rotundifolia; briar; bullbrier; brier.
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Horse car

  • . (a) A railroad car drawn by horses. See under Car. (b) A car fitted for transporting horses.
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horse cart

  • noun heavy cart; drawn by a horse; used for farm work
    horse cart.
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Horse cassia

  • noun East Indian tree having long pods containing a black cathartic pulp used as a horse medicine
    Cassia marginata; Cassia roxburghii.
  • noun tropical American semi-evergreen tree having erect racemes of pink or rose-colored flowers; used as an ornamental
    pink shower tree; pink shower; Cassia grandis.
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  • (Bot.), a leguminous plant (Cassia Javanica), bearing long pods, which contain a black, catharic pulp, much used in the East Indies as a horse medicine.
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horse cavalry

  • noun troops trained to fight on horseback
    cavalry; horse.
    • 500 horse led the attack
  • noun an army unit mounted on horseback
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horse chestnut

  • noun tree having palmate leaves and large clusters of white to red flowers followed by brown shiny inedible seeds
    Aesculus hippocastanum; buckeye.
  • noun the inedible nutlike seed of the horse chestnut
    conker; buckeye.
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Horse cloth

  • a cloth to cover a horse.
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Horse conch

  • (Zoöl.), a large, spiral, marine shell of the genus Triton. See Triton.
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Horse courser

  • . (a) One that runs horses, or keeps horses for racing. Johnson. (b) A dealer in horses. Obs. Wiseman.
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Horse crab

  • (Zoöl.), the Limulus; called also horsefoot, horsehoe crab, and king crab.
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Horse crevallé

  • (Zoöl.), the cavally. a type of fish
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horse doctor

  • noun a veterinarian who treats horses
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Horse emmet

  • (Zoöl.), the horse ant.
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horse fancier

  • noun a person who breeds and cares for horses
    horseman.
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Horse finch

  • (Zoöl.), the chaffinch. Prov. Eng.
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horse fly

  • noun large swift fly the female of which sucks blood of various animals
    clegg; cleg; horsefly.
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Horse gentian

  • noun coarse weedy American perennial herb with large usually perfoliate leaves and purple or dull red flowers
    Triostium perfoliatum; feverroot; wild coffee; tinker's root.
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  • (Bot.), fever root.
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horse grain

  • noun twining herb of Old World tropics cultivated in India for food and fodder; sometimes placed in genus Dolichos
    horse grain; Dolichos biflorus; poor man's pulse; Macrotyloma uniflorum.
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horse gram

  • noun twining herb of Old World tropics cultivated in India for food and fodder; sometimes placed in genus Dolichos
    horse grain; Dolichos biflorus; poor man's pulse; Macrotyloma uniflorum.
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horse guards

Horse" Guards`
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  1. (Mil.) A body of cavalry so called; esp., a British regiment, called the Royal Horse Guards, which furnishes guards of state for the sovereign.
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Horse iron

  • (Naut.), a large calking iron.
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horse latitude

  • noun either of two belts or regions near 30 degrees north or 30 degrees south; characterized by calms and light-baffling winds
    horse latitude.
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Horse latitudes

  • noun either of two belts or regions near 30 degrees north or 30 degrees south; characterized by calms and light-baffling winds
    horse latitude.
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  • a space in the North Atlantic famous for calms and baffling winds, being between the westerly winds of higher latitudes and the trade winds. Ham. Nav. Encyc.
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horse mackerel

  • noun largest tuna; to 1500 pounds; of mostly temperate seas: feed in polar regions but breed in tropics
    bluefin tuna; bluefin; Thunnus thynnus.
  • noun large elongated compressed food fish of the Atlantic waters of Europe
    saurel; Trachurus trachurus.
  • noun a California food fish
    Spanish mackerel; jack mackerel; saurel; Trachurus symmetricus.
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Horse mackrel

  • . (Zoöl.) (a) The common tunny (Orcynus thunnus), found on the Atlantic coast of Europe and America, and in the Mediterranean. (b) The bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix). (c) The scad. (d) The name is locally applied to various other fishes, as the California hake, the black candlefish, the jurel, the bluefish, etc.
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horse manure

  • noun horse excreta used as fertilizer
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Horse marine

  • (Naut.), an awkward, lubbery person; one of a mythical body of marine cavalry. Slang
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horse mushroom

  • noun coarse edible mushroom with a hollow stem and a broad white cap
    Agaricus arvensis.
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Horse mussel

  • (Zoöl.), a large, marine mussel (Modiola modiolus), found on the northern shores of Europe and America.
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Horse nettle

  • noun coarse prickly weed having pale yellow flowers and yellow berrylike fruit; common throughout southern and eastern United States
    Solanum carolinense; bull nettle; ball nightshade; ball nettle.
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  • (Bot.), a coarse, prickly, American herb, the Solanum Carolinense.
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horse of the wood

  • noun large black Old World grouse
    capercaillie; capercailzie; Tetrao urogallus.
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horse opera

  • noun a film about life in the western United States during the period of exploration and development
    Western.
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Horse parsley

  • noun European herb somewhat resembling celery widely naturalized in Britain coastal regions and often cultivated as a potherb
    Smyrnium olusatrum; Alexanders; black lovage; Alexander.
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  • . (Bot.) See Alexanders.
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horse pistol

  • noun a large pistol (usually in a holster) formerly carried by horsemen
    horse pistol.
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horse power

Horse" pow`er
Definitions
  1. .
  2. The power which a horse exerts.
  3. (Mach.) A unit of power, used in stating the power required to drive machinery, and in estimating the capabilities of animals or steam engines and other prime movers for doing work. It is the power required for the performance of work at the rate of 33,000 English units of work per minute; hence, it is the power that must be exerted in lifting 33,000 pounds at the rate of one foot per minute, or 550 pounds at the rate of one foot per second, or 55 pounds at the rate of ten feet per second, etc. ✍ The power of a draught horse, of average strength, working eight hours per day, is about four fifths of a standard horse power.
  4. A machine worked by a horse, for driving other machinery; a horse motor.
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Horse purslain

  • (Bot.), a coarse fleshy weed of tropical America (Trianthema monogymnum).
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Horse race

  • noun a contest of speed between horses; usually held for the purpose of betting
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  • a race by horses; a match of horses in running or trotting.
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Horse racing

  • noun the sport of racing horses
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  • the practice of racing with horses.
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horse radish

  • noun coarse Eurasian plant cultivated for its thick white pungent root
    Armoracia rusticana; horseradish; red cole.
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Horse railroad

  • a railroad on which the cars are drawn by horses; in England, and sometimes in the United States, called a tramway.
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Horse run

  • (Civil Engin.), a device for drawing loaded wheelbarrows up an inclined plane by horse power.
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Horse sense

  • noun sound practical judgment
    gumption; mother wit; good sense; sense; common sense.
    • Common sense is not so common
    • he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples
    • fortunately she had the good sense to run away
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  • strong common sense. Colloq. U.S.
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Horse soldier

  • a cavalryman.
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Horse sponge

  • (Zoöl.), a large, coarse, commercial sponge (Spongia equina).
  • a coarse commercial sponge, especially Spongia equina.
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Horse stinger

  • (Zoöl.), a large dragon fly. Prov. Eng.
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Horse sugar

  • (Bot.), a shrub of the southern part of the United States (Symplocos tinctoria), whose leaves are sweet, and good for fodder.
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horse thistle

  • noun European annual wild lettuce having prickly stems; a troublesome weed in parts of United States
    Lactuca serriola; prickly lettuce; Lactuca scariola.
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Horse tick

  • noun winged fly parasitic on horses
    Hippobosca equina; horsefly.
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  • (Zoöl.), a winged, dipterous insect (Hippobosca equina), which troubles horses by biting them, and sucking their blood; called also horsefly, horse louse, and forest fly.
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horse trade

  • noun the swapping of horses (accompanied by much bargaining)
    horse trade.
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horse trader

  • noun a hard bargainer
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horse trading

  • noun the swapping of horses (accompanied by much bargaining)
    horse trade.
  • noun negotiation accompanied by mutual concessions and shrewd bargaining
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Horse vetch

  • (Bot.), a plant of the genus Hippocrepis (H. comosa), cultivated for the beauty of its flowers; called also horsehoe vetch, from the peculiar shape of its pods.
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horse wrangler

  • noun a cowboy who takes care of the saddle horses
    wrangler.
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horse's foot

  • noun the hoof of a horse
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horse-and-buggy

  • adjective satellite relating to the time before automobiles (and other inventions) changed the way people lived in industrialized nations
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horse-brier

  • noun a very prickly woody vine of the eastern United States growing in tangled masses having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries
    catbrier; horse brier; greenbrier; Smilax rotundifolia; briar; bullbrier; brier.
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horse-cart

  • noun heavy cart; drawn by a horse; used for farm work
    horse cart.
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horse-chestnut

Horse`-chest"nut noun
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  1. (Bot.) (a) The large nutlike seed of a species of Æsculus (Æ. Hippocastanum), formerly ground, and fed to horses, whence the name. (b) The tree itself, which was brought from Constantinople in the beginning of the sixteenth century, and is now common in the temperate zones of both hemispheres. The native American species are called buckeyes.
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horse-chestnut family

  • noun trees having showy flowers and inedible nutlike seeds in a leathery capsule
    family Hippocastanaceae; Hippocastanaceae.
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horse-drawn

  • adjective pulled by a horse
    • a horse-drawn carriage
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horse-drawn vehicle

  • noun a wheeled vehicle drawn by one or more horses
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horse-drench

Horse"-drench` noun
Definitions
  1. A dose of physic for a horse. Shak.
  2. The appliance by which the dose is administred.
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horse-head

  • noun any of several silvery marine fishes with very flat bodies
    Selene setapinnis; horsefish; horsehead; dollarfish; moonfish; Atlantic moonfish.
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horse-jockey

Horse"-jock`ey noun
Definitions
  1. A professional rider and trainer of race horses.
  2. A trainer and dealer in horses.
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horse-leech

Horse"-leech` noun
Definitions
  1. (Zoöl.) A large blood-sucking leech (Hæmopsis vorax), of Europe and Northern Africa. It attacks the lips and mouths of horses.
  2. A farrier; a veterinary surgeon.
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horse-leechery

Horse"-leech`er*y noun
Definitions
  1. The business of a farrier; especially, the art of curing the diseases of horses.
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horse-litter

Horse"-lit`ter noun
Definitions
  1. A carriage hung on poles, and borne by and between two horses. Milton.
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horse-pistol

  • noun a large pistol (usually in a holster) formerly carried by horsemen
    horse pistol.
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horse-race

  • verb compete in a horse race
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horse-radish

Horse"-rad`ish noun
Definitions
  1. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Nasturtium (N. Armoracia), allied to scurvy grass, having a root of a pungent taste, much used, when grated, as a condiment and in medicine. Gray.
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horse-trade

  • verb negotiate with much give and take
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horse-trail

  • noun a trail for horses
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Indicated horse power

  • the power exerted in the cylinder of an engine, stated in horse powers, estimated from the diameter and speed of the piston, and the mean effective pressure upon it as shown by an indicator. See Indicator.
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Iron horse

  • noun (c. 1840) an early term for a locomotive
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  • a locomotive engine. Colloq.
  • a locomotive. Colloq.
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Led horse

  • a sumpter horse, or a spare horse, that is led along.
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Light cavalry, Light horse

  • (Mil.), light-armed soldiers mounted on strong and active horses.
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long horse

  • noun a gymnastic horse without pommels and with one end elongated; used lengthwise for vaulting
    buck; long horse.
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male horse

  • noun the male of species Equus caballus
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man-on-a-horse

  • noun an edible agaric with yellow gills and a viscid yellow cap that has a brownish center
    Tricholoma flavovirens.
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Master of the horse

  • the third great officer in the British court, having the management of the royal stables, etc. In ceremonial cavalcades he rides next to the sovereign.
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Nominal horse power

  • (Steam Engine), a term still sometimes used in England to express certain proportions of cylinder, but having no value as a standard of measurement.
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one-horse

  • adjective satellite small and remote and insignificant
    pokey; jerkwater; poky.
    • a jerkwater college
    • passed a series of poky little one-horse towns
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One"-horse` adjective
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  1. Drawn by one horse; having but a single horse; as, a one-horse carriage.
  2. Second-rate; inferior; small. Slang, U.S.
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plantation walking horse

  • noun a horse marked by stamina and trained to move at a fast running walk
    Plantation walking horse; Tennessee walker; Tennessee walking horse.
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plough horse

  • noun a horse used to pull a plow
    plough horse.
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plow horse

  • noun a horse used to pull a plow
    plough horse.
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pole horse

  • noun the horse having a starting position next to the inside rail in a harness race
  • noun a draft horse harnessed alongside the shaft or pole of a vehicle
    poler.
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pommel horse

  • noun a gymnastic horse with a cylindrical body covered with leather and two upright handles (pommels) near the center; held upright by two steel supports, one at each end
    pommel horse.
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Post horse

  • noun a horse kept at an inn or post house for use by mail carriers or for rent to travelers
    poster; post horse.
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  • a horse stationed, intended, or used for the post.
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post-horse

  • noun a horse kept at an inn or post house for use by mail carriers or for rent to travelers
    poster; post horse.
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przevalski's horse

  • noun wild horse of central Asia that resembles an ass; now endangered
    Equus caballus przevalskii; Equus caballus przewalskii; Przevalski's horse.
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przewalski's horse

  • noun wild horse of central Asia that resembles an ass; now endangered
    Equus caballus przevalskii; Equus caballus przewalskii; Przevalski's horse.
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quarter horse

  • noun a small powerful horse originally bred for sprinting in quarter-mile races in Virginia
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Race horse

  • noun a horse bred for racing
    bangtail; racehorse.
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  • . (a) A horse that runs in competition; specifically, a horse bred or kept for running races . (b) A breed of horses remarkable for swiftness in running . (c) (Zoöl.) The steamer duck . (d) (Zoöl.) A mantis.
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rear-horse

Rear"-horse` noun
Etymology
So called because it rears up when disturbed.
Definitions
  1. (Zoöl.) A mantis.
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Red horse

  • . (Zoöl.) (a) Any large American red fresh-water sucker, especially Moxostoma macrolepidotum and allied species . (b) See the Note under Drumfish.
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riding horse

  • noun a lightweight horse kept for riding only
    mount; riding horse.
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River horse

  • noun massive thick-skinned herbivorous animal living in or around rivers of tropical Africa
    Hippopotamus amphibius; hippo; hippopotamus.
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  • (Zoöl.), the hippopotamus.
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rocking horse

  • noun a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride
    hobby; hobbyhorse.
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rocking-horse

Rock"ing-horse` noun
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  1. The figure of a horse, mounted upon rockers, for children to ride.
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saddle horse

  • noun a lightweight horse kept for riding only
    mount; riding horse.
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  • a horse suitable or trained for riding with a saddle.
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Salt horse

  • the sailor's name for salt beef.
  • salted beef. Slang
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sea horse

  • noun either of two large northern marine mammals having ivory tusks and tough hide over thick blubber
    seahorse; walrus.
  • noun small fish with horse-like heads bent sharply downward and curled tails; swim in upright position
    seahorse.
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Sea" horse`
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  1. A fabulous creature, half horse and half fish, represented in classic mythology as driven by sea dogs or ridden by the Nereids. It is also depicted in heraldry. See Hippocampus.
  2. (Zoöl.) (a) The walrus. (b) Any fish of the genus Hippocampus. ✍ In a passage of Dryden's, the word is supposed to refer to the hippopotamus.
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Sewing horse

  • (Harness making), a clamp, operated by the foot, for holding pieces of leather while being sewed.
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shire horse

  • noun British breed of large heavy draft horse
    shire.
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side horse

  • noun a gymnastic horse with a cylindrical body covered with leather and two upright handles (pommels) near the center; held upright by two steel supports, one at each end
    pommel horse.
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stalking-horse

  • noun a candidate put forward to divide the Opposition or to mask the true candidate
  • noun something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
    pretext.
  • noun screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
  • noun a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
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Stalk"ing-horse noun
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  1. A horse, or a figure resembling a horse, behind which a hunter conceals himself from the game he is aiming to kill.
  2. Fig.: Something used to cover up a secret project; a mask; a pretense.
    Hypocrisy is the devil's stalking-horse under an affectation of simplicity and religion. L'Estrange.
    How much more abominable is it to make of him [Christ] and religion a stalking-horse, to get and enjoy the world! Bunyan.
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stick horse

  • noun a child's plaything consisting on an imitation horse's head on one end of a stick
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stone-horse

Stone"-horse` noun
Definitions
  1. Stallion. Obs. Mortimer.
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stud-horse

Stud"-horse` noun
Etymology
AS. stod-hors.
Definitions
  1. A stallion, esp. one kept for breeding.
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tennessee walking horse

  • noun a horse marked by stamina and trained to move at a fast running walk
    Plantation walking horse; Tennessee walker; Tennessee walking horse.
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three-year-old horse

  • noun a racehorse that is three years old
    three year old.
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To be on a high horse

  • to be on one's dignity; to bear one's self loftily. Colloq.
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To cast a horse, sheep, or other animal

  • to throw with the feet upwards, in such a manner as to prevent its rising again.
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To chant (∨ chaunt) horses

  • to sing their praise; to overpraise; to cheat in selling. See Chaunter. Thackeray.
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To look a gift horse in the mouth

  • to examine the mouth of a horse which has been received as a gift, in order to ascertain his age; hence, to accept favors in a critical and thankless spirit. Lowell.
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To put (∨ getset) the cart before the horse

  • to invert the order of related facts or ideas, as by putting an effect for a cause.
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To take horse

  • . (a) To set out on horseback. Macaulay. (b) To be covered, as a mare. (c) See definition 7 (above).
  • to mount and ride a horse.
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towel horse

  • noun a rack consisting of one or more bars on which towels can be hung
    towel rack.
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trojan horse

  • noun a subversive group that supports the enemy and engages in espionage or sabotage; an enemy in your midst
    fifth column.
  • noun a program that appears desirable but actually contains something harmful
    trojan.
    • the contents of a trojan can be a virus or a worm
    • when he downloaded the free game it turned out to be a trojan horse
  • noun a large hollow wooden figure of a horse (filled with Greek soldiers) left by the Greeks outside Troy during the Trojan War
    Trojan Horse.
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trotting horse

  • noun a horse trained to trot; especially a horse trained for harness racing
    trotter.
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two-year-old horse

  • noun a racehorse that is two years old
    two year old.
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vaulting horse

  • noun a gymnastic horse without pommels and with one end elongated; used lengthwise for vaulting
    buck; long horse.
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walking horse

  • noun a horse marked by stamina and trained to move at a fast running walk
    Plantation walking horse; Tennessee walker; Tennessee walking horse.
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War horse

  • a horse used in war; the horse of a cavalry soldier; especially, a strong, powerful, spirited horse for military service; a charger.
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Wheel horse

  • noun a draft horse harnessed behind others and nearest the wheels of a vehicle
    wheeler.
WordNet
  • one of the horses nearest to the wheels, as opposed to a leader, or forward horse; called also wheeler.
Webster 1913

white horse

  • noun a wave that is blown by the wind so its crest is broken and appears white
    whitecap; white horse.
WordNet

white horse nettle

  • noun weedy nightshade with silvery foliage and violet or blue or white flowers; roundish berry widely used to curdle milk; central United States to South America
    silver-leaved nettle; silver-leaved nightshade; trompillo; prairie berry; purple nightshade; silverleaf nightshade; Solanum elaeagnifolium.
WordNet

White horses

  • noun a wave that is blown by the wind so its crest is broken and appears white
    whitecap; white horse.
WordNet
  • (Naut.), white-topped waves; whitecaps.
Webster 1913

wild horse

  • noun undomesticated or feral domestic horse
WordNet

wooden horse

  • noun a large hollow wooden figure of a horse (filled with Greek soldiers) left by the Greeks outside Troy during the Trojan War
    Trojan Horse.
WordNet

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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