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post horse

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noun
  1. a horse kept, as at a station on a post road, for the use of persons riding post or for hire by travelers.
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Origin of post horse

First recorded in 1520–30
Also called poster.
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Examples from the Web for post horse

Historical Examples

  • I had never before had a post-horse that went so fast, and I wondered why.

    The Land of the Long Night

    Paul du Chaillu

  • When I dismounted from my post-horse, I hastened to my father's apartment.

  • Another great help to our watering places and farmers, would be the repeal of the post-horse tax.

    Rides on Railways

    Samuel Sidney

  • It is famed for its tanneries and leather goods, sheepskins and post-horse bells.

  • This operation had put the gay old stager into something as much like a gallop as you can hope to get out of a French post-horse.


British Dictionary definitions for post horse

post horse

noun
  1. (formerly) a horse kept at an inn or post house for use by postriders or for hire to travellers
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