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horse race

a contest of speed among horses that either are ridden by jockeys or pull sulkies and their drivers.
any formidable contest or competition:
The primary election is expected to be a horse race among four opponents.
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horse racing, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I'll remember that horse race, for there I did forget myself and everything but motion.

    Mae Madden Mary Murdoch Mason
  • You end, do you think you're the quarter pole in a horse race?

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • First flight, the first lot to finish in a foot or horse race, in a fox hunt, &c.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • There is to be a horse race, after the harvesting and the supper are over.

    The Sun Maid Evelyn Raymond
  • "I shore was, an' next to a horse race I like a fight," replied the Western girl.

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horse race


A serious contest; a hard-fought competition: Suddenly what looked like a shoo-in turned into a real horse-race (1970s+)

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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