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

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis told The Daily News of Salisbury that an investigation was launched Friday into the 25 dead horses found on the 2-acre (1-hectare) property. Fox News, "Sheriff: Farmer claimed right to leave 25 horses to decay," 16 Mar. 2018 Monroe County deputies found two dead horses in different states of decomposition still inside their stalls, FOX59 Indianapolis reported. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Two horses found dead, third suffering from starvation on Indiana property, police say," 1 June 2018 Without a free pass to pollute, the carriage operators who had been leaving dead horses in the streets were at a disadvantage when a new technology came along that didn’t produce piles of manure and leave carcasses behind. Nathanael Johnson, WIRED, "Where Can Climate Activists Find Common Ground?," 9 July 2018 Now local authorities are seeking the public’s help in figuring out what exactly happened either late Saturday or early Sunday to leave the dead horse and a trail of carnage along the highway, KFOR reports. Jared Gilmour, kansascity, "Cops found a bloody, 5-mile trail on an Oklahoma highway. It led to a horse | The Kansas City Star," 27 Mar. 2018 Actors, dancers, and mimes were hired to wear meticulously constructed ape suits, wild animals were housed at the Southampton Zoo, and a dead horse was painted to look like a zebra. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "“2001: A Space Odyssey”: What It Means, and How It Was Made," 17 Apr. 2018 There was a little path or roadway with a dead horse on the ground. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "'We Weren't Prepared for This.' Inside the Accidental Liberation of a Concentration Camp," 26 Jan. 2018 People have made a fuss about Russell Crowe's leather jockstrap, which is coming to auction with an estimate of up to $461, but probably the most esoteric lot in a sale of the actor's belongings is a dead horse. Bloomberg News,, "Interested in a life-size rubber horse? In Russell Crowe's post-divorce auction, odd items up for grabs," 8 Apr. 2018 By the time the postseason arrives next year, both the good obvious narrative (Virginia's defense is awesome) and the bad one (Virginia can't win in March) will be dead horses still receiving severe beatings. 4. Patrick Stevens,, "Way-too-early projection of the 2019 NCAA tournament field: Loyola the only team from Illinois again," 3 Apr. 2018

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1830, in the meaning defined above

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