dead horse

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  1. something that has ceased to be useful or relevant.

Idioms about dead horse

  1. beat / flog a dead horse, to persist in pursuing or trying to revive interest in a project or subject that has lost its usefulness or relevance.

Origin of dead horse

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30

Words Nearby dead horse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dead horse in a sentence

  • The two men behind the dead horse were not deceived by this excitement into rising to their knees.

    Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
  • One man he saw lying on his face with a leg hid under the body of his dead horse.

    Ponce de Leon | William Pilling
  • The reserve men cut the gear of the dead horse, dragged his body aside, and replaced him with one of the six from the caisson.

    In Hostile Red | Joseph Altsheler
  • There can be very little doubt that the phantom the Afrikander saw was the actual spirit of a dead horse.

    Animal Ghosts | Elliott O'Donnell

Other Idioms and Phrases with dead horse

dead horse

see beat a dead horse.

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