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post horse

a horse kept, as at a station on a post road, for the use of persons riding post or for hire by travelers.
Also called poster.
Origin of post horse
1520-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I had never before had a post-horse that went so fast, and I wondered why.

    The Land of the Long Night Paul du Chaillu
  • Another great help to our watering places and farmers, would be the repeal of the post-horse tax.

    Rides on Railways Samuel Sidney
  • He orders Makar to be transformed into a post-horse, to be used by the police commissioner.

  • The rates of charge for riding post are settled as follows:—The hire of a post-horse shall be henceforth 3d.

    Her Majesty's Mails William Lewins
  • This operation had put the gay old stager into something as much like a gallop as you can hope to get out of a French post-horse.

  • Then he told me that I must pack up my portmanteau that very afternoon, and start that night by post-horse for West Chester.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • He was in the “post-horse duty,” the Squire said—whatever that might mean; and she had money on her own account.

    Johnny Ludlow, Third Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • It is worse, when the post-horse or the plow-horse is plunged up to his belly in the river or pond immediately after his work.

    Domestic Animals Richard L. Allen
  • It is famed for its tanneries and leather goods, sheepskins and post-horse bells.

  • In 1808 another act for farming the post-horse duties was passed, modifying somewhat the provisions of the previous act.

    The History of the British Post Office Joseph Clarence Hemmeon
British Dictionary definitions for post-horse

post horse

(formerly) a horse kept at an inn or post house for use by postriders or for hire to travellers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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