Origin of horse sense
Examples from the Web for horse sense
I had a feeling that dad had told him to keep an eye on me and report any incipient growth of horse-sense.The Range Dwellers|B. M. Bower
Contracted heels and his owner hasn't got horse-sense to know it.The Bishop of Cottontown|John Trotwood Moore
So, when I stays off my knees awhile an' casts away faith in de unseen, seem dat my horse-sense hit gives me trouble.The River's Children|Ruth McEnery Stuart
He was a plain man; his sympathies were with the people; he had what is roughly known as "horse-sense," and he was homely.Backlog Studies|Charles Dudley Warner
Here is a characteristic touch of that rare, horse-sense kind of a man.An American Four-In-Hand in Britain|Andrew Carnegie
British Dictionary definitions for horse sense
Word Origin and History for horse sense
1832, American English colloquial, from horse (n.), perhaps in referfence to the animal's qualities, or the abilites of hostlers and coachmen with the animals, perhaps from the same association of "strong, large, coarse" found in horseradish.
Idioms and Phrases with horse sense
Sound practical sense, as in She's got too much horse sense to believe his story. The exact allusion in this term, which dates from the mid-1800s, is disputed, since some regard horses as rather stupid. However, they tended to be viewed more positively in the American West, where the term originated.