Horse. to Horse-shoes
Latin: "Quandoque bonus dormitat Homerus."To get upon one's high horse. To give oneself airs. (See High Horse.)
To set the cart before the horse. (See Cart.)
When the horse (or steed) is stolen, lock the stable door. The French say: "Apres la mort, le medicine. " Somewhat similar is: "After beef, mustard."
Working on the dead horse. (See Working.)
Horse Coarse, acrid or pungent, inferior of its kind, rough. "Hoarse" is the Anglo-Saxon has.
Horse-bean The bean usually given to horses for food.
Horse-chestnut If a slip is cut off obliquely close to a joint, it will present a perfect miniature of a horse's hock and foot, shoe and nails. I have cut off numerous specimens. Probably this has given the name horse to the tree. (See Horse-Vetch.)
Horse-faced Having a long, coarse face.
Horse Latitudes A region of calms between 30 and 35 North; so called because ships laden with horses
bound to America or the West Indies were often obliged to lighten their freight by casting the horses
overboard when calmbound in these latitudes.
"Nothing could have been more delightful than our run into the horse latitudes. Gales and dead calms, terrible thunderstorms and breezes, fair one hour and foul the next, are the characteristics of these parallels. Numbers of horses were exported from the mother country, and it was reckoned that more of the animals died in these ... latitudes than in all the rest of the passage." - Clark Russell: Lady Maud, vol. i. chap. vii. p. 186.Horse-laugh A coarse, vulgar laugh.
"He plays rough pranks ... and has a big horse-laugh in him when there is a fop to be roasted." - Carlyle: Frederick the Great, vol. i. book iv. chap. ii. p. 305.Horse Marines (The). There is no such force. The Royal Marines are either artillery or infantry; there are no cavalry marines. To belong to the "Horse Marines" is a joke, meaning an awkward lubberly recruit.
Horse-milliner Properly, one who makes up and supplies decorations for horses.
"One comes in foreign trasheryHorse-mint The pungent mint.
Horse-play Rough play.
Copyright: All texts on Bibliomania are © Bibliomania.com Ltd,
and may not be reproduced in any form without our written permission.
See our FAQ for more details.