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war-horse

[wawr-hawrs] /ˈwɔrˌhɔrs/
noun
1.
a horse used in war; charger.
2.
Informal. a veteran, as a soldier or politician, of many struggles and conflicts.
3.
a musical composition, play, etc., that has been seen, heard, or performed excessively.
Origin of war-horse
1645-1655
1645-55; war1 + horse
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  • When they were all drunk she mounted her war-horse, leaning her head upon her spear.

  • And why does the great Minister start to his feet like a war-horse?

  • That girl has the spirit of a war-horse; she would carry any man round the world.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • Norman raised his head like a war-horse at the sound of a trumpet-call.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • The war-horse of Kahled plunged forward and fell dead upon the plain.

    The Lance of Kanana Harry W. French
  • He was mounted on the war-horse presented to him by Don Augustin Peña.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • A war-horse going into battle, or a hungry man going to his dinner, could not have manifested more rampant alacrity.

    Sevenoaks J. G. Holland
  • And half in anger and half in sadness he called for his war-horse.

  • Giraffe sniffed now and then, very much like a war-horse scenting battle-smoke.

  • It was the war-horse of Colonel Tres-Villas, of whom the groom in question was the assistente.

    The Tiger Hunter Mayne Reid

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