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Re: Horses for courses

Posted by ESC on March 09, 2002

In Reply to: Horses for courses posted by Paul on March 09, 2002

: can anyone explain that one to me please?

It's a racing term. Certain horses run better on certain courses. HORSES FOR COURSES - "A mostly British expression urging someone to stick to the thing he knows best, 'horses for courses' comes from the horse racing world, where it is widely assumed that some horses race better on certain courses than on others. In 1898 a British writer noted in the first recorded use of the expression: 'A familiar phrase on the turf is 'horses for courses.'" From the "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997, Page 339).