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dead horse

noun
1.
something that has ceased to be useful or relevant.
Idioms
2.
beat / flog a dead horse, to persist in pursuing or trying to revive interest in a project or subject that has lost its usefulness or relevance.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism
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Examples from the web for dead horse
  • In the illustration here they're feeding on a dead horse.
  • It is time to stop playing on the public's fears and quit flogging the dead horse.
  • Don't mean to kick a dead horse, but it seems it will help clarify points.
  • Objectively it should be a dead horse when it still can't produce positive results.
  • But it takes lots more that that to revive a dead horse.
  • The violent feel they can keep beating a dead horse in order to make the ends justify the means.
  • Perhaps this has been jumped on because it is absurdly moronic for a public figure to beat that dead horse of a joke, repeatedly.
  • As much as you try to beat this polygamous dead horse of yours, these fears still remain unfounded.
  • Sound was average at best which everyone has covered so won't beat a dead horse.
Slang definitions & phrases for dead horse

dead horse

Related Terms

beat a dead horse, flog a dead horse


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with dead horse

dead horse

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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