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[hawrs-kol-er] /ˈhɔrsˌkɒl ər/ Slang.
(especially in baseball) a score of zero.
verb (used with object)
to prevent (an opposing baseball team or batter) from scoring or making a base hit. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • After the horse-collar I started in the dry-goods trade; but I was burned out.

    One Man's View

    Leonard Merrick
  • Would you grin at me, you dog, like a clown gaping through a horse-collar?

    The Great Mogul

    Louis Tracy
  • This personage jingles a horse-collar hung with bells, which forms not an unsuitable accompaniment to the ceremony.

  • Eighteen miles off a man had some extra hand-cut shingles which he was willing to trade for a horse-collar.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • If you expect me to treat my lyre like a horse-collar, and grin through it, I'm afraid I am unable to gratify you.

  • If it was bad enough to have grinned through a horse-collar it was very bad indeed to have grinned in vain.

    Embarrassments Henry James
  • A starched, springy cloth is worn about the neck of the women, shaped like a horse-collar.

  • In that, the eye rested, with undisguised delight, upon the grimaces of grinning candidates for the honours of the horse-collar.

  • He looked very sad and serious, and, seating himself in a corner of the room, proceeded to repair the horse-collar.

  • He's slipped out as aisily as meself out of a horse-collar, and the face a' him as bould and as big as the hill o' hope!

    Tropic Days E. J. Banfield

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