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Horses for courses

Posted by James Briggs on December 24, 2007

In Reply to: Horses for courses posted by Mukund Lele on December 24, 2007

: Please could you explain the meaning of the phrase:
: "Horses for courses"?

Some horses run well on, say, a short course;others may do better over a longer distance. In other words horses have different abilities, just like people. Thus, it's sensible to use/employ someone for a particular task if that is something they're good at - no use employing a sprinter to run a marathon.