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[hawrs-hahyd] /ˈhɔrsˌhaɪd/
the hide of a horse.
leather made from the hide of a horse.
Slang. a baseball.
made of horsehide.
Origin of horsehide
1375-1425; late Middle English. See horse, hide2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for horsehide
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  • The horsehide went up in a graceful curve, and then sailed far out toward right field.

    Dick Hamilton's Cadet Days Howard R. Garis
  • And take it he did, freezing to the horsehide with a grip like grim death.

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

    Baseball Joe at Yale Lester Chadwick
  • He leaped into the air, and with his bare hand caught the horsehide.

    Batting to Win Lester Chadwick
  • Tom fingered the horsehide, glanced critically at the hat, which hung on a stick out of the window, and then drew back his arm.

    Batting to Win Lester Chadwick
  • Out straightened his muscles and the horsehide left his hand swiftly.

    The Rival Pitchers Lester Chadwick
  • Even heavy gum coats and horsehide boots were hardly proof against it.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
  • If he'd been the devil in a horsehide he couldn't have chosen a better moment.

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • Joe nodded his head to show that he understood, and the next moment the horsehide went speeding toward the plate.

  • Away sailed the horsehide—up and away, far over the head of the centre fielder, who raced madly after it.

British Dictionary definitions for horsehide


the hide of a horse
leather made from this hide
(modifier) made of horsehide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for horsehide

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

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



A baseball (1895+ Baseball)

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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