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horse sense

common sense.
Origin of horse sense
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for horse sense
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  • He was deficient in sound judgment, or what is sometimes called "horse sense."

  • If you'd horse sense you wouldn't have said what you handed me just now.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • And not believe there's something more in these matters than "horse sense" will account for.

    The Faith Healer William Vaughn Moody
  • Maybe he was right enough, if the feller getting off had got any horse sense.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • "There is a streak of horse sense in the Wimbourne blood that has been the saving of all of us," she said.

    The Whirligig of Time Wayland Wells Williams
  • But horse sense made me pass it by and stay on my own home diamond.

    The Gorgeous Girl Nalbro Bartley
  • Brownie may have known what it was for, because he had a great deal of horse sense, but if he knew he did not tell.

    Tales of a Poultry Farm Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • The law of compensation itself is the quintessence of horse sense.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • Their hostler candidate might have had horse sense to burn, but he hadn't read law.

    The Lash Olin L. Lyman
  • Trust Rob, Tubby; give him credit for horse sense, won't you?

British Dictionary definitions for horse sense

horse sense

another term for common sense
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for horse sense

1832, American English colloquial, from horse (n.), perhaps in referfence to the animal's qualities, or the abilites of hostlers and coachmen with the animals, perhaps from the same association of "strong, large, coarse" found in horseradish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for horse sense

horse sense

noun phrase

Good sense and shrewdness: horse sense needed before taking on something like that (1832+)

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 horse sense

horse sense

Sound practical sense, as in She's got too much horse sense to believe his story. The exact allusion in this term, which dates from the mid-1800s, is disputed, since some regard horses as rather stupid. However, they tended to be viewed more positively in the American West, where the term originated.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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