: an athlete whose performance is consistently strong and reliable
a team with the horses to win the pennant
or H-O-R-S-E: a game in which players take turns attempting to duplicate successful basketball shots, a letter of the word "horse" is awarded for each missed attempt, and the first player to receive all five letters loses
a car with 275 horses
He lost a lot of money on the horses.
Recent Examples on the Web
According to a Facebook post, visitors can have the opportunity to get on a horse and carriage ride, enjoy cider and doughnuts, listen to some holiday caroling and watch the community tree lighting.Detroit Free Press, 26 Nov. 2022 Keke Palmer is a stream of energy, playing Emerald Haywood, a member of a horse-training family who is on the make in a handful of different ways.
Ian Crouch, The New Yorker, 25 Nov. 2022 Crews were able wet the horse trail perimeters, Bridges said, as the DNR vehicles were able to use those to get to the fire.
Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Nov. 2022 Sharon Western contacted Masbia with an offer to house and employ migrants on her 140-acre New Hampshire horse farm.
Carine Hajjar, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2022 At a scene set in a horse stable, EO perks up when a pair of horses seem to grow agitated, resisting the efforts of their trainers.
K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 22 Nov. 2022 From another speaker, such a line might have carried a whiff of liberal smugness, more high-horse than high-ground.
Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 21 Nov. 2022 Lawmakers allocated minimal funding to oversee sports betting and assigned that oversight to state bureaucracies — such as lotteries, horse racing authorities or casino commissions — that previously had narrower responsibilities.
Joe Drape, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2022 There were, however, occasional reminders of more unusual goings-on: a horse turd on the sidewalk, a golden retriever trouncing through the glass atrium.
Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 20 Nov. 2022
While horse deaths nationwide have been on the decline -- from 790 racehorses in 2009 to 493 last year, according to the Jockey Club -- Santa Anita's numbers have fluctuated over the years.
Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, 11 June 2019 Horse hooves thunder down green acres as mallets clank against polo balls in the setting sun.
Elisabeth Moughon, The Courier-Journal, 27 July 2017 Horse races were canceled at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia and the Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress.
Mark Gomez, The Mercury News, 18 Feb. 2017 See More
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Noun, Verb, and Adjective
Middle English hors, from Old English; akin to Old High German hros horse
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)