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[reys-hawrs] /ˈreɪsˌhɔrs/
a horse bred or kept for racing, especially in flat races or steeplechases.
Origin of racehorse
First recorded in 1620-30; race1 + horse Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He gave the Captain a parting benediction, and ran off like a race-horse.

  • We're as different from working people as a race-horse is from a cart-horse.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • She made us curry and wash ould Sheela, the ass, as if she was a race-horse.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • Still I have always been a race-horse burdened with a pack, alas!

  • It was like a race-horse that suddenly balks, and loses the race.

    The Blunders of a Bashful Man Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
  • She was clad in a shortie wrapper that showed off her race-horse legs.

    Card Trick Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
  • The Sylvania trembled like a race-horse after his first heat.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • There was something bewitching to my mind in their race-horse beauty.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • I should like to see the race-horse which could keep up with them.

  • He was thin even to seeming frailness,—yet it was the frailness of the race-horse.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for race-horse


a horse specially bred for racing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for race-horse

1620s, from race (n.1) + horse (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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