unhorse

unhorse

[uhn-hawrs]
verb (used with object), unhorsed, unhorsing.
1.
to cause to fall from a horse, as in battle; dislodge from the saddle: Sir Gawain unhorsed the strange knight.
2.
to defeat; overcome; dislodge, as from a position or office: His vigorous campaign unhorsed his adversary.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English unhorsen. See un-2, horse

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unhorse (ʌnˈhɔːs)
 
vb
1.  (usually passive) to knock or throw from a horse
2.  to overthrow or dislodge, as from a powerful position
3.  rare to unharness horses from (a carriage, etc)

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unhorse
late 14c., "to throw (someone) from his horse," from un- (2) + verbal derivative of horse. Cf. M.Du. ontorsen.
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