[ hawrs-kol-er ]

  1. (especially in baseball) a score of zero.

verb (used with object)
  1. to prevent (an opposing baseball team or batter) from scoring or making a base hit.

Origin of horse-collar

First recorded in 1945–50

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

How to use horse-collar in a sentence

  • In that, the eye rested, with undisguised delight, upon the grimaces of grinning candidates for the honours of the horse-collar.

  • I then rolled over, my neck feeling as if it were in a horse-collar; and suddenly felt a slight scratch.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale | Herman Melville
  • In rural places if a carromata driver cannot find a leather horse-collar, he improvises one of banana-leaf.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • 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