from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A horse used by a mounted soldier or officer in battle; especially, in a somewhat poetical sense, the horse of a knight or commander. Compare cuts under caparisoned and muzzle.
  • n. A veteran, as a veteran soldier or politician.


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  • "There is the possibility of one mind unconsciously suggesting to another mind," Mrs. Grantly was saying; but through Lute's mind was trooping her father on his great roan war-horse.

    Jack London's Story - Moon Face: Planchette pg 3 of 3

  • If you want to see a big Labour beast/broken down old Labour war-horse bluff and bluster then do watch John Prescott on The Politics Show.

    Bluster and bluff from John Prescott

  • Making great theater once more in the Bronx, begrudgingly, the old war-horse was gaining our respect.

    One Season

  • Only she, Saxon, daughter of Daisy who had written wonderful poems and of a soldier-father on a roan war-horse, daughter of the strong. generations who hall won half a world from wild nature and the savage Indian -- no, she was not stupid.


  • Maybe it's because I always think of my father on his roan war-horse that makes me love horses.


  • I'm calling for a Tiger Team to develop a new Customer Experience Model -- a radical redesign of the old and tired Customer Relationship Management war-horse.

    Beverly Macy: Social Influence in Real-Time

  • Even the smallest bird kicked up quite a bit of water when bathing; when a gryphon (twice the size of a war-horse, with a wingspread wide enough to shelter a small house) decided to take a bath, it tended to drench anyone within five or six furlongs.

    Elephant in the City

  • GOP war-horse Newt Gingrich recently walked back remarks calling Judge Sonia Sotomayor a racist.

    Earl Ofari Hutchinson: The Terrible Price of Being Tagged a Reverse Racist

  • Even the sagacity and calm reasoning of Shimon Peres, hardly a bloodthirsty old war-horse, yet a firm supporter of the Gaza strikes, let alone the articulate Mark Regev, cannot persuade a media that is pushing its own agenda.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • I haven't covered hardly any of Aquaman's Silver Age adventures on the back of DC's war-horse Adventure Comics title, but that's not because I don't enjoy reading them.

    Adventure Comics #278 - Nov. 1960


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