from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A horse kept or hired for forwarding post-riders or travelers with speed from one station to another.

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  • n. a horse kept at an inn or post house for use by mail carriers or for rent to travelers


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  • A person who rides a post-horse, a post-boy; (more generally) a courier, a swift messenger.

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  • It was full, and twenty times full, and nobody could be received but the post-horse, — though to get rid of that noble animal was something.

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  • It might be said to be as dangerous to be a post-horse as to be a member of the family of Constantine, for he ordered all the horses to be hamstrung after he had done with them, fearful lest Galerius should revoke his permission and order him to return to Nicomedia.

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  • Monsieur Firmiani is altogether mythical; he is like that third post-horse for which we pay though we never behold it.

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  • Ferrybridge, the best inn, then and since, upon the great northern road; and an introduction from Mrs. Bickerton, added to her own simple and quiet manners, so propitiated the landlady of the Swan in her favour, that the good dame procured her the convenient accommodation of a pillion and post-horse then returning to

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  • There was the quick rattle of the chaise over the gravel, becoming quicker and quicker, till the vehicle stopped with that kind of plunge which is made by no other animal than a post-horse, and by him only at his arrival at the end of a stage.

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  • Like the old Irish post-horse, the difficulty and danger of our

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  • He drank tea, and himself helped Vanyusha to move his bundles and trunks and sat down among them, sensible, erect, and precise, knowing where all his belongings were, how much money he had and where it was, where he had put his passport and the post-horse requisition and toll-gate papers, and it all seemed to him so well arranged that he grew quite cheerful and the long journey before him seemed an extended pleasure-trip.

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  • Round the corner of the road, at a sharp trot, came the Shap post-horse, with the Shap gig behind him -- the same gig which had brought Bellfield to Vavasor on the previous day -- and seated in the gig, looming large, with his eyes wide awake to everything round him, was -- - Mr Cheesacre.

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  • I gazed in wonder as I saw her -- a small pony-looking animal -- moving her legs as though they were in splints, and as if six miles an hour was far beyond her powers; soon after, Tacony came forward, the picture of a good bony post-horse, destitute of any beauty, but looking full of good stuff.

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