- horse1 [ hɔrs ] noun ***1. ) count a large animal that people ride. The sound a horse makes is called neighing. The male horse is called a stallion and the female is called a mare. A young horse is called a foal.2. ) count a piece of equipment shaped like a large box that is used in GYMNASTICS3. ) the horses plural INFORMAL the sport of horse racing, or the activity of BETTING money on the results of horse races4. ) uncount INFORMAL OLD-FASHIONED the drug HEROINback/pick the wrong horseto choose the wrong thing or person for a particular purposebeat a dead horseto waste time on something you know is not going to happenchange horses in midstreamto change your mind about something in the middle of doing itfrom the horse's mouth INFORMALinformation from the horse's mouth comes from someone who is directly involvedget on/off your high horseto behave/stop behaving as if you know more or are better than anyone elsehold your horses INFORMALused for telling someone to wait before doing somethingI could eat a horseused for saying that you are very hungrywild horses couldn't/wouldn't drag someone somewhere or wild horses couldn't/wouldn't make someone do somethingused for emphasizing that someone is determined not to do somethingyou can lead/take a horse to water but you can't make him drinkused for saying that you can try to help someone do something but they may still choose not to do it=> CART1, GIFThorsehorse 2 [ hɔrs ] verb,horse a`round phrasal verb intransitiveto play in a very lively or rough way
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.