horse·​flesh | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌflesh How to pronounce horseflesh (audio) \

Definition of horseflesh

: horses considered especially with reference to riding, driving, or racing

Examples of horseflesh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a sport where success is often self-perpetuating, in which hot trainers tend to be entrusted with ever-pricier horseflesh, Cox has moved far enough up the ladder to see the promised land. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Breeders' Cup Juvenile win shows better horses are finding their way to Brad Cox's barn," 6 Nov. 2020 The jockeys, meanwhile, work while riding 1,200-pound animals at 30 miles an hour, multiple times every day, in a chaotic rodeo of horseflesh, where one bad step or one poor decision can kill people. Tim Layden,, "Trainer Bob Baffert, Justify Jockey Mike Smith Relish a Remarkable Ride Before Belmont Stakes," 6 June 2018 Grown-ups, poor judges of wooden horseflesh, don’t see the point. Michael Tortorello, WSJ, "Rhode Island’s Classic Carousels: A Seaside Tour," 1 Sep. 2017 This reader had to suspend disbelief to accept that Sarah's poor grandfather could get a piece of the finest horseflesh in the world from France to a stable a stone's throw from a housing project., "Jojo Moyes' 'The Horse Dancer': A Dickensian novel that believes in love," 20 Aug. 2017 The leering Baron examines Faninal’s demure and lovely daughter, Sophie, like a piece of horseflesh, while his crude country servants drain the liquor cabinet and have their way with Faninal’s female staff. Russell Platt, The New Yorker, "Savor Renée Fleming in “Der Rosenkavalier,” at the Met," 14 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of horseflesh

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Horseflesh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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