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  • adj. Having short breath or disordered respiration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having short breath or disordered respiration, as a horse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having short breath or disordered respiration, as a horse. See broken wind, under wind.


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  • At last I wore him clean out, and he lay down, broken-winded, broken-hearted, hungry, and thirsty.


  • He will get there, but with broken-winded soldiers, fit for nothing.

    The White Queen

  • Nor should it be forgotten, that in order to be in thorough efficiency the horses must not only be well fed and in good condition, but at the same time so seasoned by toil that they will go through their work without the risk of becoming broken-winded.

    The Cavalry General

  • During the delivery of this little speech, uncle Jacob had been sobbing and panting like a broken-winded horse; and when Mary had done, he rushed up to her and kissed her, and held her tight in his arms.

    The Paris Sketch Book

  • Pyetushkov began smoking; the pipe wheezed like a broken-winded horse.

    A Desperate Character

  • I remember we took the carriages from the Vladimirsky; they were very old, and painted blue, with round springs, and a wide box-seat, and bundles of hay inside; the brown, broken-winded horses that drew us along at a slow trot were each lame in a different leg.

    The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories

  • On September 15th we reached the top of the ascent which, from its many ups and downs, had often made us puff and blow as if broken-winded.

    A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries

  • Had I not contrived to pass off a poggado bav engro — a broken-winded horse — at a fair, I at this moment should be without a tringoruschee piece in my pocket.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery

  • North saw that he was bent on treading out the round of his familiar thoughts like an old broken-winded horse.

    The Years

  • Pump-room, I saw a broken-winded Wapping landlady squeeze through a circle of peers, to salute her brandy-merchant, who stood by the window, propped upon crutches; and a paralytic attorney of

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker


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