horse sense


Definition of horse sense 

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Synonyms & Antonyms for horse sense


common sense, discreetness, discretion, gumption [chiefly dialect], levelheadedness, nous [chiefly British], policy, prudence, sense, sensibleness, wisdom, wit


imprudence, indiscretion

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Examples of horse sense in a Sentence

He credits his success to good old-fashioned horse sense. pure horse sense should tell you not to stand so close to the space heater

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His words of wisdom are tinged with wit and old-fashioned horse sense. Southern Living, "25 Things Only A Southern Dad Says," 14 May 2018 As Kayla recounts it now, the horse sensed her inner turbulence. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "Kayla Reinagel rides for her life," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of horse sense

1832, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of horse sense

: the ability to make good judgments or decisions : common sense

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