one-horse

[wuhn-hawrs, -hohrs]

Origin of one-horse

First recorded in 1740–50
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British Dictionary definitions for one-horse

one-horse

adjective
  1. drawn by or using one horse
  2. (prenominal) informal small or obscurea one-horse town
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Word Origin and History for one-horse
adj.

"small-scale, petty" 1853, American English, colloquial, in reference to towns so small they only had one horse.

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