horse idioms and sayings
Here’s a list of idioms about horses.
- a dark horse
meaning – an unknown competitor or a person who keeps their talents secret
example – The dark horse, Duke Runalot beat the favourites to win the race.
- a two-horse race
meaning – a competition where there are only two teams/candidates with a chance of winning
example – The election is turning into a two-horse race.
- as stubborn as a mule
meaning – an extremely obstinate/stubborn person
example – Dean won’t come out; he’s made up his mind. He’s as stubborn as a mule.
- back the wrong horse
meaning – make the wrong decision/support the losing side
example – I lost £2000 this morning on the stock market. I backed the wrong horse.
- clothes horse
meaning – an indoor frame to hang wet clothes on
example – I hate having no garden. I prefer a washing line than a clothes horse.
- don’t look a gift horse in the mouth
meaning – don’t be ungrateful, graciously accept gifts
example – I know you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, but I really can’t accept £500.
- eat like a horse
meaning – eat a lot
example – I need to increase my son’s rent. He eats like a horse.
- flog a dead horse
meaning – continue to focus on something that isn’t going to be a success
example – Stop flogging a dead horse. Ciara doesn’t want to be with you, stop pestering her.
- get off one’s high horse
meaning – stop acting like you are better than others
example – My sister needs to get off her high horse. She can’t lecture me about skiving school.
- hold your horses
meaning – wait and be patient before doing something
example – Hold your horses. I need to read the contract in detail before I sign anything.
- one trick pony
meaning – someone who is skilled/successful in one area
example – Reed is more than just a one trick pony; he can score and defend.
- one-horse town
meaning – a small boring town
example – I left the one-horse town I was born in and moved to a big city.
- put the cart before the horse
meaning – do things in the wrong order
example – They are spending money before they’ve earned it. They’re putting the cart before the horse.
- straight from the horse’s mouth
meaning – hear something from the source/most reliable person
example – I don’t believe you. I need to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth.
- wild horses wouldn’t…
meaning – nothing would stop you from doing something
example – I’ll stay at the rave until the end. Wild horses wouldn’t drag me away.
horse idioms and sayings with pictures
Click on the pictures below to learn some common idioms and expressions with horses. Each idiom includes the meaning and a real-life picture example.