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 Co-owner of Variety Wholesalers, a company whose more than 400 retail outlets include two Roses discount stores in Louisville, Pope has stocked her stable with some of the priciest horseflesh in the hemisphere. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 3 May 2022 But trains, those huge cars carrying hundreds of times more weight than horseflesh can, beckoned felons from the highways to the railroad tracks. Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2022 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, 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,, 6 June 2018 Grown-ups, poor judges of wooden horseflesh, don’t see the point. Michael Tortorello, WSJ, 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., 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, 14 Apr. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of horseflesh

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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8 May 2022

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“Horseflesh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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