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Horse Idioms

Updated on September 17, 2014

What is an Idiom?

People use idioms all the time, often without even realising it. In fact there are said to be some 15,000 idioms used in the English language.

An idiom is a turn of phrase that can often be incomprehensible to a person who is not familiar with the language. An idiom can also be decribed as a phrase or an expression that cannot be taken literally.

When you use an idiom in everyday language, then it has a different meaning than the basic meaning or definition of the words as found in a dictionary.

An example of this might be "a piece of cake." If taken literally, then you might think that you are being offered a piece of cake to eat. However, this phrase, or idiom is often used by someone to say that a task will be easy to accomplish.


"Wild Horses Wouldn't Drag Me Away."

Meaning that you will stick with something you have started.

Horses Mouth
Horses Mouth

"Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth"


A way of saying that someone is ungrateful. To receive a gift,not be thankful and treat the person giving the gift badly.

"A Nod is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse."

A way of saying that you cannot get some people to take a hint if they are determined not to.

Horse Idioms - BBC Learning video

"To Get off One's High Horse."

A way of saying that a person should be more humble or agreeable.

Trojan Horse
Trojan Horse
"A Trojan Horse"

Something or someone who attacks the group it or they belong to.

"Every Horse Thinks it's Own Pack the Heaviest."

A way of saying that everyone believes that their own work is the hardest.

"To Change Horse in Mid Stream."

To make major changes to something that has already been started, usually when it is too late to do so.

Horses having fun on a hot day - YouTube video

"Horse Sense."

A way of saying that a person has common sense.

"Horse of a Different Colour."

A way of saying that something is different than what you thought would happen.

"To Hold One's Horses"

A way of saying that you should slow down. Not take things quite so fast.

"Horse Play."

A way of saying that someone is playing in a rough or rowdy manner.

"A Stalking Horse"

Something that is used to mask or hide someone's true purpose.

"Put the Cart before the Horse."

A way of saying that a person is doing things in the wrong order or sequence.

"Don't Spare the Horses"

A way of telling someone to hurry.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: I wouldn't be at all surprised.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      The stalking horse must have just bucked off Don Quixote, don't you think.

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      changrcoacher 3 years ago

      Dear fellow traveler. Loved this lens. "I am by nature a dealer in words and words are the most powerful drug known to humanity." Rudyard Kipling

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @lollyj lm: Thank you.

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      Laurel Johnson 4 years ago from Washington KS

      I love idioms and you presented these with color and humor.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Camden1: I think we often forget that we are using them everyday.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      These idioms are used so commonly that I never really think about how unusual they actually are. Thanks for sharing!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Elaine Chen: Thank you.

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      I like those horse pictures you presented here

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      Noelle and Dan 5 years ago

      Enjoyable lens.

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Seeing them all in one place made me realize that there are quite a few horse idioms.

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      Steve Dizmon 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Pigs and Cats and Horses, Oh My. A trifecta of Idiomatic Lenses. Enjoyed them.

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Tipi. Thank you for your visit and Blessing of this lense. I always look forward to hearing from you.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Good job! Enjoyed your lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is like visiting an online horse gallery of pictures.

      I love everything about horses, so really did enjoy this.

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      CCGAL 6 years ago

      How about "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink" - that's one I've heard a lot.

      Nice job - once again you found delightful images. Nice work!

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      judit 6 years ago

      lovely lense, i do enjoy it so much.

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      YES! Well DONE! Great tribute to horses and idioms.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      yes I did enjoy these horse itioms...nice lens