Idioms

Origin of horse

before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English hors; cognate with Old Norse hross, Dutch ros, German Ross (Middle High German ros, Old High German hros); (v.) Middle English horsen to provide with horses, Old English horsian, derivative of the noun

Related forms

horse·less, adjectivehorse·like, adjectiveun·der·horse, verb (used with object), un·der·horsed, un·der·hors·ing.

Can be confused

hoarse horse

Definition for flog a dead horse (2 of 2)

dead horse

noun

something that has ceased to be useful or relevant.

Origin of dead horse

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
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British Dictionary definitions for flog a dead horse

horse

/ (hɔːs) /

noun


verb

Derived Forms

horseless, adjectivehorselike, adjective

Word Origin for horse

Old English hors; related to Old Frisian hors, Old High German hros, Old Norse hross
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Idioms and Phrases with flog a dead horse (1 of 2)

dead horse

see beat a dead horse.


Idioms and Phrases with flog a dead horse (2 of 2)

horse

In addition to the idioms beginning with horse

  • horse around
  • horse of a different color, a
  • horse sense
  • horse trading

also see:

  • back the wrong horse
  • beat a dead horse
  • cart before the horse
  • change horses in midstream
  • charley horse
  • dark horse
  • eat like a bird (horse)
  • from the horse's mouth
  • hold one's horses
  • if wishes were horses
  • look a gift horse in the mouth
  • on one's high horse
  • war horse
  • wild horses couldn't drag
  • work like a beaver (horse)
  • you can lead a horse to water

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