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  ( 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.  
  (BRIT)      n-uncount  
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.  
ADJ n  
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.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


colt, cuddy or cuddie     (dialect, chiefly Scots.)   dobbin, filly, gee-gee     (slang)   gelding, hobby     (archaic or dialect)   jade, mare, moke     (Austral. slang)   mount, nag, stallion, steed     (archaic or literary)   studhorse or stud, yarraman     (Austral.)   yearling  

horse around      , about  
clown, fool about or around, misbehave, play the fool, play the goat, roughhouse     (slang)  
horse sense     
common sense, gumption     (Brit. informal)   judgment, mother wit, nous     (Brit. slang)   practicality  
backwoods, inferior, minor, obscure, petty, quiet, sleepy, slow, small, small-time     (informal)   tinpot     (Brit. informal)   unimportant  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

hold your horses! exp.
it's said for determining someone to calm down, be patient, control his/her reactions

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