war·horse | \ˈwȯr-ˌhȯrs \

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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Presented with a phalanx of warhorses like that, you can be forgiven for thinking there must be a glue factory not far down the road. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "WLUP nostalgia: It's hard to miss what's no longer there," 7 Mar. 2018 Predictability is their business, and warhorses are their stock-in-trade. Paul Hodgins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Opera NEO blazes new trails on a shoestring, focusing on education and unpredictability," 1 July 2018 But Rostenkowski was also a Chicago Democratic Machine warhorse, sent to Washington as a young man by the legendary Mayor Richard J. Daley. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Silence in Chicago’s mayoral race: The missing Latino candidate and the Sun-Times chairman’s deal with Rahm’s money man," 12 May 2018 Increasingly, seasons that have a mix of operatic warhorses and contemporary works are the standard rather than the exception. David Lyman, Detroit Free Press, "Opera meets baseball in MOT's 'The Summer King,' a work about a Negro leagues legend," 10 May 2018 There is a good reason why certain warhorses still ride the range. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Journey's End' shows horror of war, spirit that transcends it," 16 Mar. 2018 Kisner moved into Sunday’s Final Four with a Saturday thrashing of European Ryder Cup warhorse Ian Poulter at Austin Country Club. USA TODAY, "Kevin Kisner finds his swing at just the right time for a run at WGC Match Play event," 24 Mar. 2018 His cinematic staging, while sometimes theatrically arresting and filled with intriguingly weird imagery, often goes against the grain of this melodious French Romantic warhorse. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Splendid cast gives Gounod his due in muddled 'Faust' at Lyric Opera," 4 Mar. 2018 That was a revelatory performance of an old warhorse; perhaps this will be, too. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "Get your first look at the next season at Charlotte Symphony," 4 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of warhorse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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