from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fair or market at which chiefly horses are sold.


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  • I tried to get lodgings in the house, but there had been a horse-fair, or something of that sort, and it was full.

    Reprinted Pieces

  • After all I have said above, there is no need to explain to the reader how I happened five years ago to be at Lebedyan just in the very thick of the horse-fair.

    A Sportsman's Sketches

  • The last day of the fair is the horse-fair, where the whole is closed with both horse and foot races, to divert the meaner sort of people only, for nothing considerable is offered of that kind.

    A Tour through the Eastern Counties of England, 1722

  • No matter, he had the length of the enclave wall to tell over pace by pace like beads, in gratitude, from the corner of the horse-fair to the gates, with the beloved bulk of the church like a warmth in the winter night on his left hand within the pale, a benediction all the way.

    Brother Cadfael's Penance

  • The wide triangle of the horse-fair ground gleamed faintly pallid with light frost.

    Monk's Hood

  • Cadfael lighted down, prepared to stable his own beast, but unsure whether the mules might still be housed in the barn on the horse-fair; and out of the weaving excitement around him Brother Mark came darting with a whoop of pleasure.

    Monk's Hood

  • Still, he owed it to Brother Cadfael to wait in patience, as he had promised, and only in the darkest middle of the night had he ventured out to stretch his legs and explore the alleys and lanes about the horse-fair, and the silent and empty stretch of the Foregate, the great street that set out purposefully for London.

    Monk's Hood

  • They clattered out on to the triangle of the horse-fair, and by instinct Edwin used knee and heel to turn the horse away from the town and out along the Foregate.

    Monk's Hood

  • Cadfael slipped away after supper, absenting himself from the readings in the chapter-house, helped himself to the end of a loaf and a hunk of cheese, and a flask of small ale for his fugitive, and made his way discreetly to the loft over the abbey barn in the horse-fair.

    Monk's Hood

  • Drop the name Britric into almost any ear about the market and the horse-fair ground, and mouths opened and tongues wagged freely.

    The Potter's Field


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