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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. 2017.
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  • The dead horse seemed to fill that whole side of the plaza and disturbed the bull-fighter.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • There were two horses inside, but the dead horse blocked the door.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • These accursed Navajos haven't any scruple about stripping a dead horse.

    Lone Pine R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • A short time after this a cart with a dead horse in it passed our cab-stand.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
  • The enemy succeeded in wounding a Bushman, who fell beneath his dead horse, and was there pinned.

  • Wherever he went, he met people who said to him, "Have you seen the dead horse?"

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
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
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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