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cart horse

noun
  1. a strong horse bred to draw heavy loads; draft horse.
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Origin of cart horse

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for carthorse

Historical Examples

  • A trout would not wobble and tug in that sullen, carthorse manner.

    Lines in Pleasant Places

    William Senior

  • He was as big as a carthorse, as graceful as a dray and as meek as a missionary.

    At Good Old Siwash

    George Fitch

  • There was a concussion, and the black horse came staggering sideways, and the carthorse pushed beside it.

  • Nothing will make them move faster—like whipping a carthorse into a gallop; it soon dies away in the old jog-trot.

    The Hills and the Vale

    Richard Jefferies

  • The Carthorse she calls herself, but not of your family surely, for you are like wild Arab colt.

    Polly the Pagan

    Isabel Anderson


British Dictionary definitions for carthorse

carthorse

noun
  1. a large heavily built horse kept for pulling carts or carriages
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