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horseback

[hawrs-bak] /ˈhɔrsˌbæk/
noun
1.
the back of a horse.
2.
Geology. a low, natural ridge of sand or gravel; an esker.
Compare hogback.
adverb
3.
on horseback:
to ride horseback.
adjective
4.
made or given in a casual or speculative way; approximate or offhand:
a horseback estimate on the construction costs.
Origin of horseback
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English. See horse, back1
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  • Next day he called at the gate, on horseback, to inquire for mistress.

    To be Read at Dusk Charles Dickens
  • He was surprised to see Stoliker on horseback in front of one of the taverns.

  • And is not the whole land like a beggar on horseback riding post to the Davil?

    Old News Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Then, as for active exercises, she could ride on horseback as well as any man in her kingdom.

    Biographical Stories Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • It was a fellow-creature on horseback, dressed in the absurdest manner.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for horseback

horseback

/ˈhɔːsˌbæk/
noun
1.
  1. a horse's back (esp in the phrase on horseback)
  2. (as modifier): horseback riding
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Word Origin and History for horseback

late 14c., from horse (n.) + back (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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