Equestrian Expressions in Everyday English - Part 2

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Friday 03 February - 13h04 | Ian Clayton

Equestrian Expressions in Everyday English - Part 2

Yesterday, GrandPrix-Replay took a look at 10 equestrian terms and expressions that have become used more broadly in English over time. Today, at the risk of jumping on the band wagon, part 2 — 12 more horse phrases courtesy of a list by the Long Riders Guild Academic Foundation and the Society of the Military Horse. 

 - Equestrian Expressions in Everyday English - Part 2

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Cavalier. (A gallant mounted gentleman, or “rider” in French. To have a cavalier attitude means to maintain a haughty disregard for others).

Chomping at the bit. (A horse chomps at the bit when he is eager to run. Hence a person who is enthusiastic).

Circle the wagons. (Take defensive action against deadly opponents).

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. (If you looked in a horse’s mouth so as to ascertain the age of the animal, you were acting in a suspicious manner about the proffered gift of the animal).

Getting hitched. (Getting married)

Hit the trail. (Begin a lengthy project or journey).

Home Stretch. (A racing term designating the last portion of a difficult project).

Horse sense. (Common practical judgment, gained independently of a formal education).

Keeping a tight rein. (Maintaining tight control).

One-horse town. (A small village of no consequence).

Putting the cart before the horse. (To begin a project in the wrong order).

Straight from the horse's mouth. (Direct from the source).

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