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one-horse

[wuhn-hawrs, -hohrs] /ˈwʌnˈhɔrs, -ˈhoʊrs/
adjective
1.
using or having only a single horse:
a one-horse carriage.
2.
small and unimportant; limited:
a one-horse town.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50
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British Dictionary definitions for one-horse

one-horse

adjective
1.
drawn by or using one horse
2.
(prenominal) (informal) small or obscure: a one-horse town
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Word Origin and History for one-horse
adj.

"small-scale, petty" 1853, American English, colloquial, in reference to towns so small they only had one horse.

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Slang definitions & phrases for one-horse

one-horse

adjective

Insignificant; inferior: It's a one-horse operation he's got there (1853+)


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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