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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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  • Whatever it was it was connected with horse racing, and he felt sure that he hadn't done it.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Turner, the monster dwarf, was also using all his skill in horse racing.

    The Kentucky Ranger Edward T. Curnick
  • "That's why I do not think much of horse racing," declared Frank.

    Frank Merriwell's Races

    Burt L. Standish
  • horse racing, football, cricket, and other English sports are indulged in.

  • There was horse racing, steeple races, and chess for recreation.

British Dictionary definitions for horse racing

horse racing

an organized sport, closely associated with gambling, in which riders race horses over dedicated courses, often incorporating hurdles.
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Slang definitions & phrases for horse racing

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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