warhorse

war-horse

[wawr-hawrs]
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:
1645–55; war1 + horse

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warhorse (ˈwɔːˌhɔːs)
 
n
1.  a horse used in battle
2.  informal a veteran soldier, politician, or elderly person, esp one who is aggressive

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warhorse
1653, "powerful horse ridden into war;" the fig. sense of "seasoned veteran" of anything is attested from 1837.
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