- 1a large animal with four legs, a mane (= long thick hair on its neck), and a tail. Horses are used for riding on, pulling carriages, etc. He mounted his horse and rode off. a horse and cart see also colt, filly, foal, gelding, mare, stallion
- 2the horses [plural] (informal) horse racing He lost a lot of money on the horses (= by gambling on races).
- 3= vaulting horse see also clothes horse, hobbyhorse, Quarter Horse, rocking horse, sea horse, stalking horse, Trojan horse Idioms
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to change to a different or new activity while you are in the middle of something else; to change from supporting one person or thing to another
change/switch horses in midstreamjump to other results
(of information) given by someone who is directly involved and therefore likely to be accurate
(straight) from the horse's mouth(informal)jump to other results
used to tell someone that they should wait a moment and not be so excited that they take action without thinking about it first
hold your horses(informal)jump to other results
a completely different situation or person from the one previously mentioned
a horse of a different color(informal)jump to other results
a competition or an election in which there are only one, two, etc. teams or candidates with a chance of winning The women's tennis championship was a two horse race between last year's winners New Rochelle and the previous champions Hyde Park.
a one, two, three, etc. horse racejump to other results