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cart horse

a strong horse bred to draw heavy loads; draft horse.
Origin of cart horse
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He cleans up his four quarts three times a day, and is as big as a cart horse.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • The speediest thoroughbred will sometimes run like a cart horse.

  • “Sweating like a cart horse,” was the characteristic answer.

    The Rival Pitchers Lester Chadwick
  • One does not call a race horse weak because it is visibly not a cart horse.

    Herland Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
  • Pete, he said finally, Nero kin beat that cart horse of yours ez easy ez winkin.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • They can take a poor old wreck of a cart horse and doctor him up until he looks and acts like a thoroughbred.

    Bert Wilson at the Wheel J. W. Duffield
  • Al-ice felt that it was quite like a game with a cart horse, and looked at each turn to be crushed 'neath its great feet.

    Alice in Wonderland J.C. Gorham
  • I terminate these anecdotes with one concerning a cart horse, which I never saw in print, but once.

  • When you came running up like a cart horse, the snake glided away in the grass, and the bird flew off.

    By Sheer Pluck G. A. Henty
  • One man ain't the same as another any more than a race horse is the same as a cart horse.

    By Sheer Pluck G. A. Henty

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