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cart horse

a strong horse bred to draw heavy loads; draft horse.
Origin of cart horse
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Exasperated now, and not to be outdone, the Englishman sent home for a cart-horse skull.

  • It always reminds me of the cart-horse parade on Whit Monday.

    The Green Carnation Robert Smythe Hichens
  • The colts who live here are very good colts, but they are cart-horse colts, and they have not learned manners.

  • But the cart-horse will remain, when the charger and hunter are no more; and with a wiser master.

    Love's Meinie John Ruskin
  • Their beasts of draught and burden were oxen, and the only horse in the village was a cart-horse owned by the Doctor's father.

    Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals William H. Armstrong
  • You see, she is so delicate, and you are as strong as a cart-horse.

    Quicksilver Sue Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • She is engaged upon a pair of juvenile socks, which have apparently been worn last by a cart-horse.

    Philosopher Jack R.M. Ballantyne
  • The colts who live here are very good colts, but they are cart-horse colts, and of course they have not learned manners.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
  • Plunge that Flanders cart-horse of yours into them, Cadet, and do not spare their toes!

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • His army consisted of a few farm servants, his cavalry of a ploughboy on a cart-horse, and his navy of a fishing boat.

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