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[reys-hawrs] /ˈreɪsˌhɔrs/
a horse bred or kept for racing, especially in flat races or steeplechases.
Origin of racehorse
1620-30; race1 + horse Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It's as if he was a racehorse, and they didn't think so much about him as about a win for the stable.

    Quisant Anthony Hope
  • As he said afterwards, 'I could not lug a racehorse to the penitent form.'

    Real Ghost Stories William T. Stead
  • It possessed those wonderful rounded ribs, which seemed to run right up to quarters let down like those of a racehorse.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • The pointer, the greyhound, the racehorse, and the hunter are all examples.

  • On a short course the whippet is faster than a racehorse, covering the usual 200 yards in about 12 seconds.

    The Dogs of Boytown Walter A. Dyer
  • The coat is short, smooth and fine, and has a gloss on it like that of a racehorse.

    Sporting Dogs Frank Townend Barton
  • The jaguar bounded off like a racehorse, and returned no more.

    Wanderings in South America Charles Waterton
British Dictionary definitions for racehorse


a horse specially bred for racing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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