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 personb : something that is markedly useful, durable, or dependablec : horse 7
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The towering rocket, generating enough power to lift 269,000 pounds into orbit, had been the workhorse of the Apollo moon missions.
Modern interior technology, class-exclusive coil-spring rear suspension, and available self-leveling air suspension (the smoothest ride on the market for carlike cruising) elevate the Ram from workhorse to dressage horse.
Truth be told, the vehicles that get my professional admiration are the everyday ones, the dependable workhorses that shuttle our children hither and yon, the cars that become part of the family.
From baggage carousels to shifting stages at a rock concert, a motor made by SEW-Eurodrive Inc. is probably the workhorse making things move.
Seeking to boost production, companies send their workhorse strains to Zymergen.
In this year’s WBC, Rangers reliever Sam Dyson was the Team USA workhorse and pitched six perfect innings.
Boeing won orders and expressions of interest for about 420 planes worth as much as $58 billion based on a Bloomberg count through midday Wednesday, getting a boost from demand for the Max 10, the biggest version of its 737 workhorse.
Whether it's worn alone with chinos or shorts, or layered under a blazer or a button-up, the classic tee is the workhorse of the summer season.
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WORKHORSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of workhorse for English Language Learners
: 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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