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horse  /hrs/  n. 1 a large, four-footed, domesticated animal with hard hooves used for riding, work, and in some places for meat: The Arabian horse is one of the earths most beautiful creatures. 2 a dark horse: s.o., usu. a politician, who has little chance of winning: She was a dark horse in the race for mayor, but she won. 3 a horse of a different color: s.t. different from what one expected: We wanted to go on vacation in Hawaii, but when the tickets were twice as expensive as we had thought, that was a horse of a different color! 4 not to look a gift horse in the mouth: dont examine or criticize s.t. too much if you get it for free: My parents gave me their old car, and I did not look a gift horse in the mouth by asking if it needed repairs. 5 straight from the horses mouth: directly from the person who said s.t.: The boss told me she is going to give everyone a good salary increase; I heard it straight from the horses mouth (the boss). 6 to be on a high horse: to be too proud, arrogant: I wish that he would get off his high horse and act sensibly. 7 to hold ones horses: to wait, not act carelessly: Hold your horses; were not ready to leave yet! 8 to put the cart before the horse: to do s.t. before the right time for it: At the meeting, our sales manager started talking about the design of the companys product catalog before we decided what to include in it, so he put the cart before the horse.
v. horsed, horsing, horses, phrasal v. infrml. [I] to horse around: to play, (syn.) to roughhouse: Those boys are always horsing around with each other. See: horseplay. horse

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