look a gift horse in the mouth

Definition of look a gift horse in the mouth

:to look in a critical way at something that has been given to one
  • I noticed the guitar wasn't made of real wood, but I didn't say anything because you shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Word by Word Definitions

look play
  1. : to make sure or take care (that something is done)

  2. : to ascertain by the use of one's eyes

  3. : to exercise the power of vision upon : examine

  1. : the act of looking

  2. : glance

  3. : the expression of the countenance

gift play
  1. : a notable capacity, talent, or endowment

  2. : something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation

  3. : the act, right, or power of giving

  1. : to endow with some power, quality, or attribute

  2. : to make a gift of

  3. : present

horse play
  1. : a large solid-hoofed herbivorous ungulate mammal (Equus caballus, family Equidae, the horse family) domesticated since prehistoric times and used as a beast of burden, a draft animal, or for riding

  2. : racehorse

  3. : a male horse

  1. : to provide with a horse (see horse 1a(1))

  2. : to move by brute force

  3. : to be in heat or estrus

  1. : of or relating to a horse (see horse 1a(1))

  2. : hauled or powered by a horse

  3. : large or coarse of its kind

mouth play
  1. : the natural opening through which food passes into the body of an animal and which in vertebrates is typically bounded externally by the lips and internally by the pharynx and encloses the tongue, gums, and teeth

  2. : grimace

  3. : an individual requiring food

  1. : speak, pronounce

  2. : to utter bombastically : declaim

  3. : to repeat without comprehension or sincerity


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