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[hawrs-bak] /ˈhɔrsˌbæk/
the back of a horse.
Geology. a low, natural ridge of sand or gravel; an esker.
Compare hogback.
on horseback:
to ride horseback.
made or given in a casual or speculative way; approximate or offhand:
a horseback estimate on the construction costs.
Origin of horseback
1350-1400; Middle English. See horse, back1 Unabridged
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  • People crossed the riverbed on foot, on horseback and in horse-drawn buggies.
  • Mongols spent so much time on horseback that they grew up bowlegged.
  • Jumping over a fence on horseback is an almost utterly counterintuitive process.
  • He often checks his cows on horseback, but that day his steed was a mud-splattered all-terrain vehicle.
  • Capture techniques would include the helicopter-drive trapping method and/or helicopter-roping from horseback.
  • Policemen on horseback were deployed in an effort to restore order.
  • Then, the cattle ambled away with the good guys in hot pursuit on horseback.
  • It leaves its rallies in minibuses, not on horseback.
  • From horseback it is possible to see new metal roofs on the meanest shacks, glinting in the sunlight.
  • Many of the trails are designated as multi-use for walking, in-line skating, horseback riding and even cross-country skiing.
British Dictionary definitions for horseback


  1. a horse's back (esp in the phrase on horseback)
  2. (as modifier): horseback riding
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Word Origin and History for horseback

late 14c., from horse (n.) + back (n.).

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