Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A horse bred or kept for racing or running in contests; a horse that runs in competition. The modern race-horse, thongh far inferior to the Arab in point of endurance, is perhaps the finest horse in the world for moderate heats, such as those on common race-tracks. It is generally longer-bodied than the hunter, and the same power of leaping is not required. This animal is of Arabian, Berber, or Turkish extraction, improved and perfected by careful crossing and training. See
- n. The steamer-duck.
- n. A rearhorse; any mantis.
- n. plural A French gambling-game. See petits cheoaux (under cheval).
“But the water no longer rises like a race-horse.”
“Brooks's husband, Charlie, a race-horse trainer, even runs an alternative medicine "kriotherapy" centre at Champneys, the country house resort in Tring, which uses sub-zero temperatures to treat ailments.”
“The picture was supposed to represent a rich woman in a fur coat holding with one hand her race-horse and with the other her little daughter; in short, an illustration of selfishness, power, and money.”
“Looking up the dell, you saw a brawling brook issuing in foamy haste from a covert of underwood, like a race-horse impatient to arrive at the goal; and, if you gazed yet; more earnestly, you might observe part of”
“Hearing that the animal in question had started in life on the turf, I declined accepting the gift with many thanks; adding, by way of explanation, that I looked on a race-horse as a kind of embodied hurricane, upon which no sane man of my character and habits could be expected to seat himself.”
“I just bed it down to a racist statement or a statement about race-horse heads in bed.”
“The first race-horse which he might ever own and name himself, he would certainly call the Russian Spy.”
“It grew at a very giddy height upon the wall, full of cracks and places where the evening-star came through; but up you went, like a rocket or a race-horse; and what a fright I was in, until you came down safe!”
“Sir Harkaway Gorse proposed the health of Miss Thorne and likened her to a blood race-horse, always in condition and not to be tired down by any amount of work.”
““A race-horse has about the best time of anything on earth,” she heard Jon say.”
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