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horse sense

common sense.
Origin of horse sense
1825-35, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for horse-sense
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  • I had a feeling that dad had told him to keep an eye on me and report any incipient growth of horse-sense.

    The Range Dwellers B. M. Bower
  • They're wanting in everything, and most of all in horse-sense.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • Contracted heels and his owner hasn't got horse-sense to know it.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • His horse-sense had jumped to a conclusion and approved most heartily.

    The Man of the Desert Grace Livingston Hill
  • With ordinary judgment and horse-sense, I take risks that no so-called sane man would consider.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • If more young fellows had the horse-sense to marry girls like that, I'd give up medicine and go on a ranch.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • I don't know whether I think that is anything but horse-sense.

    The Copy-Cat and Other Stories Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • He was a plain man; his sympathies were with the people; he had what is roughly known as "horse-sense," and he was homely.

    Backlog Studies Charles Dudley Warner
  • For the benefit and guidance of such, these few crisp, plain, horse-sense rules of etiquette have been framed.

    Remarks Bill Nye
  • So, when I stays off my knees awhile an' casts away faith in de unseen, seem dat my horse-sense hit gives me trouble.

    The River's Children Ruth McEnery Stuart
British Dictionary definitions for horse-sense

horse sense

another term for common sense
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for horse-sense

horse sense


1832, American English colloquial, from horse (n.), perhaps in referfence to the animal's qualities, or the abilites of hostlers and coachmen with the animals, perhaps from the same association of "strong, large, coarse" found in horseradish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for horse-sense

horse sense

noun phrase

Good sense and shrewdness: horse sense needed before taking on something like that (1832+)

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 horse-sense

horse sense

Sound practical sense, as in She's got too much horse sense to believe his story. The exact allusion in this term, which dates from the mid-1800s, is disputed, since some regard horses as rather stupid. However, they tended to be viewed more positively in the American West, where the term originated.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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