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horse marine

  1. (formerly) a marine mounted on horseback or a cavalryman doing duty on shipboard.
  2. a person out of his or her proper or natural place.
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Origin of horse marine

First recorded in 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for horse marine

Historical Examples

  • He did not look much like a horse-marine, but reminded me more of a city hosier.

    The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson, Volumes One and Two

    Harriette Wilson

  • What, do you mean to say that lankey, horse-marine looking fellow is as bad as that!

    Varney the Vampire

    Thomas Preskett Prest

British Dictionary definitions for horse marine

horse marine

noun US
  1. (formerly) a mounted marine or cavalryman serving in a ship
  2. someone out of his natural element, as if a member of an imaginary body of marine cavalry
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