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horse-collar

[hawrs-kol-er]Slang.
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noun
  1. (especially in baseball) a score of zero.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to prevent (an opposing baseball team or batter) from scoring or making a base hit.
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Historical Examples

  • After the horse-collar I started in the dry-goods trade; but I was burned out.

    One Man's View

    Leonard Merrick

  • Would you grin at me, you dog, like a clown gaping through a horse-collar?

    The Great Mogul

    Louis Tracy

  • This personage jingles a horse-collar hung with bells, which forms not an unsuitable accompaniment to the ceremony.

  • Eighteen miles off a man had some extra hand-cut shingles which he was willing to trade for a horse-collar.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • If you expect me to treat my lyre like a horse-collar, and grin through it, I'm afraid I am unable to gratify you.