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hoss

n.

1815, representing U.S. dialectal variant pronunciation of horse, especially as applied to (large or coarse) persons.

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hoss

noun

A strong and dependable person; superior person; strong man; pisser: We didn't have a hoss in the bullpen until Mark Littell started coming through for us (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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