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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something, such as a machine, that performs dependably under heavy or prolonged use.
  • noun A horse that is used for labor rather than for racing or riding.
  • noun Informal A person who works tirelessly, especially at difficult or time-consuming tasks.

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  • noun A horse used primarily for work; a draft horse
  • noun by extension Anyone or anything that does a lot of work; one who works consistently or regularly.

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

  • noun a horse used for plowing and hauling and other heavy labor
  • noun machine that performs dependably under heavy use

Etymologies

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work +‎ horse

Examples

  • Even through all the aches and pains, Buehrle has made a mockery of the term workhorse starting pitcher.

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  • This is also the first major gig I've been using my Line6 Variax® as the main workhorse of the show.

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  • This is also the first major gig I've been using my Line6 Variax® as the main workhorse of the show.

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  • The Chinook, the Army's workhorse, is designed to transport troops and supplies to combat and other regions.

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  • UConn's workhorse is TB Donald Brown, the conference rushing leader.

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  • GA is the main workhorse of stats (although I liked the previous version better) and Enquisite which gives me some very detailed information into how and what people are reaching via the various and sundry search engines.

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  • MANHATTAN - In Daniel Thomas 'perfect world, the word workhorse is a good thing.

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  • Making frequent mention of his Washington experience, Capuano described himself during a recent campaign stop as a "workhorse" - someone willing to work behind closed doors and compromise to accomplish tasks.

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  • Making frequent mention of his Washington experience, Capuano described himself during a recent campaign stop as a "workhorse" - someone willing to work behind closed doors and compromise to accomplish tasks.

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  • Making frequent mention of his Washington experience, Capuano described himself during a recent campaign stop as a "workhorse" - someone willing to work behind closed doors and compromise to accomplish tasks.

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