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Idioms and Phrases: Horse

Idioms and Phrases are not integral part of grammar. However, they are essential in increasing the literary value of your writings. They not only ornate your work, but at times give it a more precise meaning. Never mind in inventing new styles of your own. Who knows, some of your phrases may become idioms some 50 years from now.

Horse around (informal)

To behave in a silly way

Back the wrong horse

To support something or someone that leads to failure

Charley Horse

Cramp; Sudden tightening of muscles

Put the cart before the horse

To do things in the wrong order

Shut the stable door after the horse has bolted

To try to prevent something after it has already happened

Dark horse

Used to denote a person who wins while none expected him to

I could eat a horse

When you say that, it means you’re extremely hungry

Eat like a horse (informal)

To eat a lot

Flog a dead horse

To keep on trying when there is no chance to succeed

Horse sense

Good common sense

Get on your high horse

When you get on your high horse you talking bad about someone as if you’re better than him

Get off your high horse

When you get off your high horse you stop talking bad about someone as if you’re better than him

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink

You can help someone in doing something but can’t make him do it

Never look a gift horse in the mouth (saying)

Said to advise someone not to refuse a gift or offer

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