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

Examples of workhorse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 6-foot-3, 313-pound Reed was a second-round draft pick in 2016 who’s been a workhorse throughout his career. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Northwestern starter Danielle Williams was a workhorse with over 300 pitches thrown through all three games. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 29 May 2022 The senior has recorded the third-most innings on the team and makes the Chargers and will be a workhorse in the playoffs. J.l. Kirven, The Courier-Journal, 2 May 2022 As a junior, Dylan Hasz was a workhorse for the 13-0 Spartans, who won the 6A-II State title. Richard Davenport, Arkansas Online, 2 July 2022 Elijah Underhill is a workhorse for Region 2 champion Christian County. Brooks Holton, The Courier-Journal, 1 June 2022 There is little doubt that the American E-2 investor work visa has been the workhorse of foreign investment in the United States over the years. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 24 June 2022 Diesel is the workhorse of the construction sector, representing 98% of the industry’s energy consumption, according to the Diesel Technology Forum, a trade group that promotes diesel technology. Ronald D. White, Anchorage Daily News, 27 May 2022 Diesel is the workhorse of the construction sector, representing 98% of the industry’s energy consumption, according to the Diesel Technology Forum, a trade group that promotes diesel technology. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of workhorse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Aug 2022

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“Workhorse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/workhorse. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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