dead horse

noun

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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Not to beat the proverbial dead horse here, but read the product package. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "5 DIY Jobs You're Doing Wrong," 20 Dec. 2018 And usually the coffee's really good too, so coffee, meat pie, and a bit of the old dead horse, a bit of tomato sauce on top. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Luke Hemsworth Talks All Things Australia and Family Vacations With Chris and Liam," 17 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of dead horse

1830, in the meaning defined above

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