Definition of warhorse
1 : a horse used in war : charger
2 : a person with long experience in a field; especially : a veteran soldier or public person (such as a politician)
3 : something (such as a work of art or musical composition) that has become overly familiar or hackneyed due to much repetition in the standard repertoire
Examples of warhorse in a Sentence
the Democratic warhorse in the Senate
a general who describes himself as an old warhorse
a new production of an old warhorse
Recent Examples of warhorse from the Web
So how to make this old warhorse gallop like the thoroughbreds that vex the inveterate gamblers in the show’s opening number?
Everyone, that is, but the unflappable soloist, Vadim Gluzman, who rode the Russian warhorse to victory.
Those warhorses carry on the pretense of caring about meat.
As head of Lilly's early-stage psychiatric drug development in the late '90s, Potter saw that even durable warhorses like Prozac, which had been on the market for years, were being overtaken by dummy pills in more recent tests.
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WARHORSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of warhorse for English Language Learners
: a person with a lot of experience in a field; especially : a soldier or politician who has served for a long time
: something (such as a work of art or musical composition) that has become very familiar because it has been played, shown, or seen many times
: a large horse used in war
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