Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nonsense; foolishness.
  • interj. Used to express disagreement or exasperation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. Indicates disbelief.
  • n. Nonsense; indicates disbelief.
  • n. Long hair on lower legs of a draft horse (e.g., Clydesdale), especially the rear legs.
  • n. Feathering strips.

Etymologies

Alteration of horseshit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The "nonsense" sense is horse +‎ feathers, a nonexistent item, as only birds have feathers. Compare hen’s teeth. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I didn't want to call 'horsefeathers', but I did think that he was trying to keep the agenda under the radar.

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  • Liberals hail detainee deal, dismiss NDP objections as 'horsefeathers'

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  • I say, horsefeathers; there will always be some variation, and even if you do succeed in eliminating all variation, by then decades will have passed and you will have exceeded the design life of the technology.

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  • But horsefeathers doesn't mean this little clump of galactic partners is nonsense… Horsefeathers are what we need to make an intergalactic duster just to see them!

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  • Hod Eller rears back, wings one in and ... aw, horsefeathers!

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  • This showed the genetic theory of disease to be just so much horsefeathers.

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  • This snowball-in-hell from ReformaTory Alliance parliamentary prat Maurice Vellacott is just another backbencher wedgie against abortion, and, like Epp's Bill C-484, it will be stoutly defended by the usual Trojan horsefeathers crowd as being not against the right to choose - oh no, not at all - it's all for the protection of the health professional.

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  • As for Rockwell's being best beloved of the whole world - this is arrogant piffle, ignorant balderdash, flapdoodle, hokum, bunkum and horsefeathers.

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  • The hokum and horsefeathers are, alas, infectious: here and there in this wretched text are signed interpolations by the eximious director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery himself, snippets of schoolboy art history declaring, for example, that in The Runaway and Young

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  • View It » horsefeathers. if anyone with a college degree would spend ten minutes looking at this travesty, critically, and not politically, they'd have to ask if we've lost our minds. this bill does nothing that it was promised to do. even the Kucinich's and Stupak's got it. until they sold out. universal health care would have been a good thing, but this doesn't even come close.

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