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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web Great timing for the trailer for this remake of the Frank Herbert warhorse to drop. Steven Levy, Wired, "The Apocalypse Doesn’t Need an Instagram Filter," 11 Sep. 2020 Picking Kamala Harris is a sign that the overclass capture of the Democratic Party is still on, even if an old warhorse of the dying FDR coalition has to temporarily stand in the leading spot. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "California Here We Come," 13 Aug. 2020 One of her preferred motifs was that abstractionist warhorse, a pattern of stripes—structural or decorative, take your pick. Barry Schwabsky, The New York Review of Books, "Playful & Philosophical: The Paintings of Moira Dryer," 25 Apr. 2020 The powerful had such markers, from the turfed tumuli of ancient warriors, crammed with daggers and warhorses, to the chest-tombs and weeping-angel memorials of the Victorians. 1843, "Can words do the dead justice?," 21 May 2020 The primary race also includes former County Court-at-Law Judge Celeste Brown, perennial conservative warhorse Weston Martinez, banking executive Kenny Vallespin and marketing coordinator Ellen Pfeiffer. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "County Commissioner hopeful is ‘nucking’ on victory’s door," 26 Feb. 2020 As part of its private brand reset, Macy's junked six minor brands that had run out of steam, and will focus on the warhorses that chief executive officer Jeff Gennette says still have a lot of life in them. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Macy’s plan to build billion-dollar private label brands faces tough odds," 11 Feb. 2020 In the end, my list was short and solid: blood orange, Spanish lemon (not to be confused with Egyptian lemon, which was less smoky), rosemary—a warhorse of the gin trade, and none the worse for that—and cubeb pepper. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Intoxicating History of Gin," 2 Dec. 2019 The soundtrack puts Kiss and ZZ Top and other classic rock warhorses to work. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Conroy’s Bar & Grill gets a global buzz going at its Stone Oak restaurant," 21 Nov. 2019

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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 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of warhorse

: 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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