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Example sentences from the Web for war-horse
The flash of a fork appeals to him like the sound of a trumpet to the warhorse.Windfalls|(AKA Alpha of the Plough) Alfred George Gardiner
On this she has rushed on her warhorse through the air to beg Brynhild to give the Rhine back its ring.The Perfect Wagnerite|George Bernard Shaw
The Spaniard, like his own Don Quixote, mounted the warhorse of his idealism and set out to free the oppressed, alone.Rosinante to the Road Again|John Dos Passos
Dardar, the faithful dog, always in attendance on Diana, had seized the warhorse by the nostrils.The Missouri Outlaws|Gustave Aimard
For was not Oliver, the earl's noble Spanish warhorse, in the castle?The Siege of Norwich Castle|Matilda Maria Blake
British Dictionary definitions for war-horse
Cultural definitions for war-horse
A person or thing that has seen long service or has lived through many hardships and can be relied on: “That teacher is a real war horse; he has seen the dismissal of ten different principals.”
Idioms and Phrases with war-horse
Also, old war horse. A dependable, frequently performed attraction, as in The opera company is doing nothing but old war horses this season, like, Aïda and La Bohème. This term originated in the mid-1600s for a military charger that had been through many battles. In the 1800s it began to be used for human veterans, and in the mid-1900s for popular productions, especially of musical works.