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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In a six-month span since December, Hollendorfer’s horses accounted for six of the 39 dead horses at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Judge tentatively lifts ban on Hall of Fame horse racing trainer Jerry Hollendorfer," 25 July 2019 That’s 199 dead horses at one track in four racing seasons. John Cherwa,, "Dianne Feinstein calls for races at Santa Anita to be suspended immediately," 10 June 2019 More: The threat of dead horses at Santa Anita should make the Breeders' Cup consider moving Also: Horse racing has problems. Rana Cash, The Courier-Journal, "Another Santa Anita horse death puts Breeders' Cup site in greater jeopardy," 6 June 2019 In Season 3, Episode 3, Jon Snow and a group of Wildlings (including Mance Rayder, Tormund, and Ygritte) find dead horses beyond the wall in the shape of the spiral. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The True Origins of the White Walkers' Terrifying Spiral Symbol in Game of Thrones," 15 Apr. 2019 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

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First Known Use of dead horse

1830, in the meaning defined above

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