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  1. the hide of a horse.
  2. leather made from the hide of a horse.
  3. Slang. a baseball.
  1. made of horsehide.

Origin of horsehide

1375–1425; late Middle English. See horse, hide2
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Examples from the Web for horsehide

Historical Examples

  • And take it he did, freezing to the horsehide with a grip like grim death.

    Rival Pitchers of Oakdale</p>

    Morgan Scott

  • “Oh, but wait until you do that when Horsehide sees you,” went on Jimmie.

    Baseball Joe at Yale

    Lester Chadwick

  • Weston belongs and so do Horsehide and the other two coaches.

    Baseball Joe at Yale

    Lester Chadwick

  • He leaped into the air, and with his bare hand caught the horsehide.

    Batting to Win

    Lester Chadwick

  • Out straightened his muscles and the horsehide left his hand swiftly.

    The Rival Pitchers

    Lester Chadwick

British Dictionary definitions for horsehide


  1. the hide of a horse
  2. leather made from this hide
  3. (modifier) made of horsehide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for horsehide

early 14c., from horse (n.) + hide (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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