war·​horse | \ ˈwȯr-ˌhȯrs How to pronounce warhorse (audio) \

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 on the Web Not to mention that TV is proving that there are still signs of life in the old warhorse formula (see: The Afterparty). David Fear, Rolling Stone, 10 Feb. 2022 Spielberg and Kushner were right to bring modern attitudes to this beloved warhorse. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Dec. 2021 No matter that the program featured two major composers and one warhorse, between the repertoire itself and stellar performances by the Cleveland Orchestra and two exceptional guests, the evening was positively revelatory. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 5 Nov. 2021 The only broadcast series that got any Emmy love was NBC’s warhorse, Saturday Night Live. Tom Nunan, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Working his magic on the ground and through the air, DePaul rumbled like a warhorse and delivered like a big time playmaker. cleveland, 11 Sep. 2021 The easygoing country warhorse makes his first Detroit visit in eight years. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 6 Aug. 2021 As the story goes, the width of a railroad is set at 4 feet, 8.5 inches, or the width a Roman warhorse. cleveland, 11 Sep. 2021 The easygoing country warhorse makes his first Detroit visit in eight years. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 6 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of warhorse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Warhorse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warhorse. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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