man on horseback

noun phrase

: a usually military figure whose ambitions and popularity mark him as a potential dictator

Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of man on horseback was in 1860

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“Man on horseback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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