Thorough-bred

thoroughbred

[thur-oh-bred, -uh-bred, thuhr-]
adjective
1.
of pure or unmixed breed, stock, or race, as a horse or other animal; bred from the purest and best blood.
2.
(sometimes initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the Thoroughbred breed of horses.
3.
(of a person) having good breeding or education.
noun
4.
(initial capital letter) one of a breed of horses, to which all racehorses belong, originally developed in England by crossing Arabian stallions with European mares.
5.
a thoroughbred animal.
6.
a well-bred or well-educated person.

Origin:
1695–1705; thorough + bred

thoroughbredness, noun
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thoroughbred (ˈθʌrəˌbrɛd)
 
adj
1.  purebred
 
n
2.  a pedigree animal; purebred
3.  a person regarded as being of good breeding

Thoroughbred (ˈθʌrəˌbrɛd)
 
n
a British breed of horse the ancestry of which can be traced to English mares and Arab sires; most often used as a racehorse

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thoroughbred
1701, of persons, "thoroughly accomplished," from thorough + past tense of breed. In the horse sense of "of pure breed or stock" it dates from 1796; the noun is first recorded 1842.
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  1. n.
    an underworld person who is trustworthy and loyal to the underworld. (Underworld.) : Bart is an A-1 thoroughbred.
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