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  1. a horse bred or kept for racing, especially in flat races or steeplechases.
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Origin of racehorse

First recorded in 1620–30; race1 + horse
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Examples from the Web for race-horse

Historical Examples

  • He gave the Captain a parting benediction, and ran off like a race-horse.

    Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit

    Charles Dickens

  • We're as different from working people as a race-horse is from a cart-horse.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • She made us curry and wash ould Sheela, the ass, as if she was a race-horse.


    Charles James Lever

  • Still I have always been a race-horse burdened with a pack, alas!

  • It was like a race-horse that suddenly balks, and loses the race.

    The Blunders of a Bashful Man

    Metta Victoria Fuller Victor

British Dictionary definitions for race-horse


  1. a horse specially bred for racing
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Word Origin and History for race-horse


1620s, from race (n.1) + horse (n.).

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