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

  • adj. Drawn by or using only one horse: a one-horse carriage.
  • adj. Very small or insignificant: a one-horse town.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Drawn by one horse; having but a single horse.
  • adj. Second-rate; inferior; small.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Drawn by a single horse: as, a one-horse plow.
  • Using or possessing only a single horse.
  • Hence Petty; on a small scale; of limited capacity or resources; inferior: as, a one-horse concern; a one-horse college.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. small and remote and insignificant

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