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A list of phrases about horses

A list of phrases about horsesWe have more phrases about horses than any other animal; only phrases about dogs come close. Horses don't loom large in the lives of most English-speaking people today, but they did at the time that the modern English began to be formed, that is, in the 16th century. So, "don't look a gift horse..." etc:

A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse

Dark horse

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth

Don't shut the stable door after the horse has bolted

Flogging a dead horse

Get off your high horse

Ginger up


Hold your horses

Horse and cart

Horse feathers


If wishes were horses, beggars would ride

Mare's nest

Pony and trap

Pony up

Put the cart before the horse

Road apples

Shanks' mare/shanks' pony

Straight from the horse's mouth

Wild goose chase

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink

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