wild horses couldn't drag me

Nothing could induce or persuade me, as in Wild horses couldn't drag me to that nightclub. This idiom, always in negative form, is believed to have replaced wild horses couldn't draw it from me, referring to the medieval torture of using horses to stretch a prisoner and thereby force a confession. [First half of 1800s]


Nearby words

  1. wild geranium,
  2. wild ginger,
  3. wild goose,
  4. wild goose chase,
  5. wild honeysuckle,
  6. wild hunt,
  7. wild huntsman,
  8. wild hyacinth,
  9. wild hydrangea,
  10. wild indigo

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