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[wawr-hawrs] /ˈwɔrˌhɔrs/
a horse used in war; charger.
Informal. a veteran, as a soldier or politician, of many struggles and conflicts.
a musical composition, play, etc., that has been seen, heard, or performed excessively.
Origin of war-horse
First recorded in 1645-55; war1 + horse Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And why does the great Minister start to his feet like a war-horse?

  • The sound of the traffic is like music, and I feel like a war-horse that wants to be marching to it.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • If you ask me what horse, I can reply with some pride that it was a war-horse.

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • Norman raised his head like a war-horse at the sound of a trumpet-call.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • He was mounted on the war-horse presented to him by Don Augustin Peña.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • That girl has the spirit of a war-horse; she would carry any man round the world.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • The war-horse, saddled and bridled, is pawing the earth and neighing.

    The American Empire

    Scott Nearing
  • So violent was it that the Prince's war-horse staggered and well-nigh fell.

    Stories of Siegfried Mary MacGregor
  • They spoke to his heart as the trumpet speaks to the war-horse.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • The cry of a baby was to her as the sound of trumpets is to a war-horse.

    A Pair of Clogs Amy Walton

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