dead horse


Definition of dead horse

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

Examples of dead horse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not to beat a dead horse here, but oh my goodness, the resonance. Rose Maura Lorre, Vulture, 18 June 2021 Not to beat a dead horse, but every other country in the world (apart from Eritrea) has somehow managed to balance these concerns in a satisfactory manner and is no worse off for it. Robert Goulder, Forbes, 7 June 2021 The defiant version is grim and vacant, a dead horse taking another beating. New York Times, 26 May 2021 The Martin County Sheriff's office said Sheriff John Kirk found the dead horse Thursday off New Route 3 on the Mayo 5 Strip Job. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 26 Mar. 2021 Irish horse racing trainer Gordon Elliott has been temporarily banned from competition in Britain until an investigation in Ireland that is looking into a photo that surfaced on social media of him sitting on a dead horse concludes. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2021 The footage comes after top racing trainer Gordon Elliott apologized earlier this week when a photo of him sitting on top of a dead horse went viral. Ben Church, CNN, 2 Mar. 2021 On the grimmer end is a postcard with a photo of a dead horse slumped on the sidewalk of a Crockett Street storefront, a victim of the 1921 flood that swept through downtown San Antonio. René A. Guzman,, 22 Jan. 2021 Well, that may be a dead horse – one which apparently can't throw downfield or sustain a drive. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of dead horse

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Dead horse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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