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

Examples of dead horse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The commission cleaned out latrines and cesspits, flushed out sewers and removed a dead horse that was polluting the water supply. Tina Hillier, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Defiance of Florence Nightingale," 10 Mar. 2020 The commission cleaned out latrines and cesspits, flushed out sewers and removed a dead horse that was polluting the water supply. Tina Hillier, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Defiance of Florence Nightingale," 10 Mar. 2020 The commission cleaned out latrines and cesspits, flushed out sewers and removed a dead horse that was polluting the water supply. Tina Hillier, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Defiance of Florence Nightingale," 10 Mar. 2020 Also: East Kentucky is still littered with dead horses. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "These 64-year-old Louisville natives are finally celebrating their 'Sweet 16' on Leap Day," 25 Feb. 2020 Children would play with dead horses lying on the streets. Katherine A. Foss, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Epidemics of the Past Forced Americans to Promote Health—and Ended Up Improving Life in This Country," 2 Apr. 2020 On March 30, the agency said, its representatives received a complaint of more than 50 dead horses on the property, which prompted another visit from the SPCA, who were followed by law enforcement personnel on April 3 to gather evidence. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Amid ‘a sea of dead horses,’ 87 animals seized from East Texas pastures, SPCA says | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 11 Apr. 2018 The commission cleaned out latrines and cesspits, flushed out sewers and removed a dead horse that was polluting the water supply. Tina Hillier, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Defiance of Florence Nightingale," 20 Feb. 2020 There’s no way to hold a Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita this year without dead horses being a dominant theme, and horsemen living in fear of another catastrophic breakdown. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Will the Breeders’ Cup stay at Santa Anita?," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of dead horse

1830, in the meaning defined above

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13 Sep 2020

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“Dead horse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dead%20horse. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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