workhorse

noun
work·​horse | \ ˈwərk-ˌhȯrs How to pronounce workhorse (audio) \

Definition of workhorse

1 : a horse used chiefly for labor as distinguished from driving, riding, or racing
2a(1) : a person who performs most of the work of a group task
(2) : a hardworking person
b : something that is markedly useful, durable, or dependable

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The Florida native has been a workhorse for the Tar Heels, pitching 214 1/3 innings and giving up 195 hits in there seasons with 50 games and 42 starts. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "A’s draft Clemson shortstop Logan Davidson in first round," 3 June 2019 Any back who emerges alongside Russell Wilson is going to be a fantasy weapon, and while Penny enters training camp with a realistic shot to turn into the team’s workhorse, Carson lurks just behind him. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Fantasy Football 2018 Sleepers: Why You Shouldn’t Overlook Eli Manning," 3 July 2018 As a junior, Wagner was Michigan’s offensive workhorse. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Why Moritz Wagner is a good fit for the Los Angeles Lakers," 22 June 2018 While founder Elon Musk’s ambitions to settle Mars get most of the public’s attention, the company’s workhorse Falcon 9 rocket, which almost never leaves Earth orbit, is the reason SpaceX has soared to date. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Block 5 rocket launch marks the end of the beginning for SpaceX," 3 May 2018 After determining which genes were likely to give bacteria these abilities, Dantas put them to the test by adding them to the DNA of an unrelated species, the bacterial workhorse E. coli. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Bacteria That Eat Drugs Could Help Solve the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis," 8 Nov. 2018 Musk is presumably talking about the upper stage of the two-stage Falcon 9 rocket that serves as the workhorse booster for SpaceX launches. Tariq Malik, Space.com, "Elon Musk Says SpaceX Will Try to Land a Rocket with a 'Giant Party Balloon'," 16 Apr. 2018 For this new arena of competition, ULA is building a new workhorse rocket—a reusable one. Robin Seemangal, Popular Mechanics, "A Workhorse Rocket Maker Tries to Touch the Sun—And Stay Relevant," 16 Aug. 2018 Falcon Heavy was expected to help SpaceX win more lucrative national security missions that required greater carrying capacity than its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket, which was certified by the Air Force in 2015. Samantha Masunaga, latimes.com, "SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket gets Air Force certification," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of workhorse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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workhorse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of workhorse

: a dependable person who does a lot of work
: a dependable machine or vehicle that is used to do a lot of work

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