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horse race

noun
1.
a contest of speed among horses that either are ridden by jockeys or pull sulkies and their drivers.
2.
any formidable contest or competition:
The primary election is expected to be a horse race among four opponents.
Related forms
horse racing, noun
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Examples for horse race
  • T his is not a story about the presidential horse race.
  • What it takes to get the jockeys in the right colors for each horse race.
  • Elaborate was another length back in third in the five-horse race.
  • It is obvious that they show a profound appreciation of anyone who has wagered an odd bob or two on a horse race.
  • But an election that had seemed a soporific canter has suddenly turned into a horse race.
  • But as attention shifts towards the presidential horse race, the parties will start to matter less.
  • Manned spaceflight is now no longer a two-horse race.
  • In this, they truly are gambling, as if on a horse race.
  • Add to this an ineffective media that only covers politics as a horse race and the picture gets worse.
  • Worth keeping in mind for when the horse race is really underway.
Slang definitions & phrases for horse race

horse race

noun

A serious contest; a hard-fought competition: Suddenly what looked like a shoo-in turned into a real horse-race (1970s+)


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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