dead horse

noun

: an exhausted or profitless topic or issue
usually used in the phrases beat a dead horse and flog a dead horse

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web What use is a symbolic dead horse, if not for a sound symbolic beating? Arkansas Online, 12 Nov. 2022 In other words, stop trying to beat a dead horse with certain people, jobs, or groups that are simply a wasteland for your bright light. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Nov. 2022 In other words, stop trying to beat a dead horse with certain people, jobs, or groups that are simply a wasteland for your bright light. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Nov. 2022 In other words, stop trying to beat a dead horse with certain people, jobs, or groups that are simply a wasteland for your bright light. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Oct. 2022 In other words, stop trying to beat a dead horse with certain people, jobs, or groups that are simply a wasteland for your bright light. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Oct. 2022 In other words, stop trying to beat a dead horse with certain people, jobs, or groups that are simply a wasteland for your bright light. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Oct. 2022 In other words, stop trying to beat a dead horse with certain people, jobs, or groups that are simply a wasteland for your bright light. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Sep. 2022 In other words, stop trying to beat a dead horse with certain people, jobs, or groups that are simply a wasteland for your bright light. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dead horse was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Dead horse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dead%20horse. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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