- a contest of speed among horses that either are ridden by jockeys or pull sulkies and their drivers.
- any formidable contest or competition: The primary election is expected to be a horse race among four opponents.
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Examples from the Web for horse-race
The occasion was a horse-race at the great Panathenaic festival.The Symposium
The little horse in the horse-race, sah—the bottom dog in the dog-fight, sah.Shadows of Shasta
At least, nobody was ever killed when I was at a horse-race.Life On The Mississippi, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Your illustration of the horse-race does not clear the matter a particle.Frenzied Finance
Thomas W. Lawson
This was said with as much bravado as if he was offering to bet upon a horse-race.The Humbugs of the World
P. T. Barnum
Word Origin and History for horse-race
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