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dead horse

something that has ceased to be useful or relevant.
beat / flog a dead horse, to persist in pursuing or trying to revive interest in a project or subject that has lost its usefulness or relevance.
Origin of dead horse
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Wherever he went, he met people who said to him, "Have you seen the dead horse?"

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • Here's a dead horse come to life and he's got everybody guessing.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • During this period they are said to be "working off the dead horse."

  • There were two horses inside, but the dead horse blocked the door.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • He knelt behind the dead horse, facing the advancing Spaniards.

    Rita Laura E. Richards
  • He even lent a hand in lifting the dead horse into the cart.

Slang definitions & phrases for dead horse

dead horse

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with dead horse

dead horse

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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