war-horse

[ wawr-hawrs ]
/ ˈwɔrˌhɔrs /

noun

a horse used in war; charger.
Informal. a veteran, as a soldier or politician, of many struggles and conflicts.
a musical composition, play, etc., that has been seen, heard, or performed excessively.

Nearby words

  1. war room,
  2. war story,
  3. war surplus,
  4. war whoop,
  5. war zone,
  6. war-weary,
  7. war.,
  8. waragi,
  9. warangal,
  10. waratah

Origin of war-horse

First recorded in 1645–55; war1 + horse

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British Dictionary definitions for warhorse

warhorse

/ (ˈwɔːˌhɔːs) /

noun

a horse used in battle
informal a veteran soldier, politician, or elderly person, esp one who is aggressive
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Word Origin and History for warhorse

warhorse

n.

1650s, "powerful horse ridden into war," from war + horse (n.). Figurative sense of "seasoned veteran" of anything is attested from 1837. In reference to women perceived as tough, by 1921.

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