Horse idioms


Here is a list of horse idioms.

As strong as a horse/ox

If somebody is as strong as a horse or an ox, they are very strong.

As stubborn as a mule

When you are as stubborn as a mule, you are very stubborn.

Back the wrong horse

To back the wrong horse is to support someone who will not win.

Beat a dead horse

To beat a dead horse is to waste time doing something that has already been attempted.

Bet on the wrong horse

To bet on the wrong horse is to support a losing person or idea.

By shank’s mare

By foot

Champ/chomp at the bit

When you are chomping at the bit, you are eager to start an activity.

Change horses in midstream

To change horses in midstream is to make major changes in your plan after you have started an activity.

A dark horse

A dark horse is a relatively unknown person who has considerable skills and potential.

Eat like a horse

To eat like a horse is to eat a lot.

Flog a dead horse

To flog a dead horse is to attempt to do something when there is no chance of success.

Get off your high horse

To get off your high horse is to stop acting as if you are better or more intelligent than others.

Get on your high horse

To get on your high horse is to behave arrogantly.

Hold your horses

To hold your horses is to act patiently.

Horse around

To horse around is to play around.

A horse of a different color

If something is a horse of a different colour, it is an altogether different matter.

Horse sense

Common sense

Look a gift horse in the mouth

To look a gift horse in the mouth is to complain that the gift is not perfect.

Straight from the horse`s mouth

If you hear something straight from the horse, you hear it from a reliable source.

Work like a horse

To work like a horse is to work hard.