horse ( horses plural )
1 n-count A horse is a large animal which people can ride. Some horses are used for pulling ploughs and carts.
A small man on a grey horse had appeared.
2 n-plural When you talk about the horses, you mean horse races in which people bet money on the horse which they think will win.
INFORMAL the N, usu on the N
He still likes to bet on the horses.
3 n-count A vaulting horse is a tall piece of gymnastics equipment for jumping over.
4 If you hear something from the horse's mouth, you hear it from someone who knows that it is definitely true.
from the horse's mouth phrase v PHR
He has got to hear it from the horse's mouth. Then he can make a judgment as to whether his policy is correct or not.
clothes horse →
dark horse →
rocking horse →
clothes horse ( clothes horses plural )
1 n-count A clothes horse is a folding frame used inside someone's house to hang washing on while it dries.
2 n-count If you describe someone, especially a woman, as a clothes horse, you mean that they are fashionable and think a lot about their clothes, but have little intelligence or no other abilities., (disapproval)
dark horse ( dark horses plural ) If you describe someone as a dark horse, you mean that people know very little about them, although they may have recently had success or may be about to have success. n-count
hobby-horse ( hobby-horses plural ) , hobbyhorse You describe a subject or idea as your hobby-horse if you have strong feelings on it and like talking about it whenever you have the opportunity. n-count
Honesty is a favourite hobby-horse for Courau.
horse chestnut ( horse chestnuts plural ) , horse-chestnut
1 n-count A horse chestnut is a large tree which has leaves with several pointed parts and shiny reddish-brown nuts called conkers that grow in cases with points on them.
2 n-count Horse chestnuts are the nuts of a horse chestnut tree. They are more commonly called conkers.
horse-drawn , horsedrawn
A horse-drawn carriage, cart, or other vehicle is one that is pulled by one or more horses. adj ADJ n
...a horse-drawn open-topped carriage.
horse racing , horse-racing, horseracing
Horse racing is a sport in which horses ridden by people called jockeys run in races, sometimes jumping over fences. n-uncount
horse riding , horse-riding
Horse riding is the activity of riding a horse, especially for enjoyment or as a form of exercise.
in AM, use horseback riding
horse show ( horse shows plural ) A horse show is a sporting event in which people riding horses compete in order to demonstrate their skill and control. n-count
horse-trading , horsetrading
1 n-uncount If you describe discussions or negotiations as horse-trading, you disapprove of them because they are unofficial and involve compromises.
(BRIT, mainly JOURNALISM, disapproval)
...the anger and distaste many people feel at the political horse-trading involved in forming a government.
2 n-uncount When negotiation or bargaining is forceful and shows clever and careful judgment, you can describe it as horse-trading.
1 adj If someone describes a town as a one-horse town, they mean it is very small, dull, and old-fashioned.
ADJ n (disapproval)
Would you want to live in a small, one-horse town for your whole life?
2 adj If a contest is described as a one-horse race, it is thought that one person or thing will obviously win it.
He described the referendum as a one-horse race...
rocking horse ( rocking horses plural ) A rocking-horse is a toy horse which a child can sit on and which can be made to rock backwards and forwards. n-count
stalking horse ( stalking horses plural )
1 n-count If you describe a person or thing as a stalking horse, you mean that it is being used to obtain a temporary advantage so that someone can get what they really want., (disapproval)
I think the development is a stalking horse for exploitation of the surrounding countryside.
2 n-count In politics, a stalking horse is someone who stands against a leader in order to see how strong the opposition is. The stalking horse then withdraws in favour of a stronger challenger.
oft N n
The possibility of another stalking horse challenge this autumn cannot be ruled out.
Trojan horse ( Trojan horses plural )
1 n-count If you describe a person or thing as a Trojan horse, you mean that they are being used to hide someone's true purpose or intentions.
usu sing, oft N for/of n (disapproval)
Was Colombo the emissary of Pope Paul, his Trojan horse within the Commission?...
2 n-count A Trojan horse is a computer virus which is inserted into a program or system and is designed to take effect after a particular period of time or a certain number of operations. (COMPUTING)
If you describe a contest as a two-horse race, you mean that only two of the people or things taking part have any chance of winning. adj ADJ n
The election may not be the traditional two-horse race between the preferred Democrat and Republican party candidates.