[ poh-nee ]
/ ˈpoʊ ni /
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noun, plural po·nies.

verb (used with object), po·nied, po·ny·ing.

Slang. to prepare (lessons) by means of a pony.
Racing Slang.
  1. to be the outrider for (a racehorse).
  2. to exercise (a racehorse) by having a rider mounted on another horse lead it at a gallop around a track.

verb (used without object), po·nied, po·ny·ing.

to prepare a lesson or lessons with the aid of a pony.



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Idioms for pony

    pony up, Informal. to pay (money), as in settling an account:Next week you'll have to pony up the balance of the loan.

Origin of pony

First recorded in 1650–60; earlier powney, from obsolete French poulenet, diminutive of poulain “colt,” from Medieval Latin pullānus (Latin pull(us) “young animal” + -ānus adjective suffix); see foal, -an, -et
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British Dictionary definitions for pony

/ (ˈpəʊnɪ) /

noun plural ponies

any of various breeds of small horse, usually under 14.2 hands
  1. a small drinking glass, esp for liqueurs
  2. the amount held by such a glass
anything small of its kind
British slang a sum of £25, esp in bookmaking
Also called: trot US slang a literal translation used by students, often illicitly, in preparation for foreign language lessons or examinations; crib
See also pony up

Word Origin for pony

C17: from Scottish powney, perhaps from obsolete French poulenet a little colt, from poulain colt, from Latin pullus young animal, foal
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