from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The horse that goes in the shafts or thills of a cart, chaise, or other vehicle.


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  • He got onto the box, took the reins from Markelov, pulled the shaft-horse a little to one side, and the carriage, after one or two jerks, rolled along more smoothly and evenly.

    Virgin Soil

  • He loosened the shaft-horse carefully, though somewhat nervously, she shook her head, backed a little, and went down a slope which had no business there at all.

    Virgin Soil

  • The latter took out the leaders in good time and led the shaft-horse by the reins, using every possible precaution — but our heedless compatriot did not even climb down from his box!

    A Hero of Our Time

  • ‘What are you up to?’ sang out the peasant at intervals, pulling at the shaft-horse.


  • “Beauty” (that was the left shaft-horse brought up from the country) “has been badly shod and is quite lame,” he said.

    Anna Karenina

  • All of a sudden the head of the shaft-horse shook, his ears pricked up; he gave a snort, began to move.

    A Sportsman's Sketches

  • The shaft-horse seemed to float through the air, and the trace-horses went, I can tell you, like a regular whirlwind.

    A Sportsman's Sketches

  • Yermolaï had spoken the truth: the shaft-horse really could not put its hoof to the ground.

    A Sportsman's Sketches

  • They heaped the coach up with hay, put the collar off the lame shaft-horse under the seat, in case we might want to fit it on to the horse to be bought at Tula ....

    A Sportsman's Sketches

  • "Yes, as much as the shaft-horse is friend to the leader -- on condition that each will take his share of the draught, and eat his feed by himself."

    The French Immortals Series — Complete


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