horse around

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a. A large hoofed mammal (Equus caballus) having a short coat, a long mane, and a long tail, domesticated since ancient times and used for riding and for drawing or carrying loads.
b. An adult male horse; a stallion.
c. Any of various equine mammals, such as the wild Asian species Przewalski's horse or certain extinct forms related ancestrally to the modern horse.
2. A frame or device, usually with four legs, used for supporting or holding.
3. Sports A vaulting horse.
4. Slang Heroin.
5. often horses Horsepower: a muscle car with 400 horses under the hood.
6. Mounted soldiers; cavalry: a squadron of horse.
7. Geology
a. A block of rock interrupting a vein and containing no minerals.
b. A large block of displaced rock that is caught along a fault.
v. horsed, hors·ing, hors·es
1. To provide with a horse.
2. To haul or hoist energetically: "Things had changed little since the days of the pyramids, with building materials being horsed into place by muscle power" (Henry Allen).
To be in heat. Used of a mare.
1. Of or relating to a horse: a horse blanket.
2. Mounted on horses: horse guards.
3. Drawn or operated by a horse.
4. Larger or cruder than others in the same category: horse pills.
Phrasal Verb:
horse around Informal
To indulge in horseplay or frivolous activity: Stop horsing around and get to work.
a horse of another/a different color
Another matter entirely; something else.
beat/flog a dead horse
1. To continue to pursue a cause that has no hope of success.
2. To dwell tiresomely on a matter that has already been decided.
be/get on (one's) high horse
To be or become disdainful, superior, or conceited.
hold (one's) horses
To restrain oneself.
the horse's mouth
A source of information regarded as original or unimpeachable.

[Middle English, from Old English hors; akin to Old Norse hross, horse, and German Ross, steed.]

horse around


horse about

(intr, adverb) informal to indulge in horseplay
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: around - indulge in horseplayhorse around - indulge in horseplay; "Enough horsing around--let's get back to work!"; "The bored children were fooling about"
jest, joke - tell a joke; speak humorously; "He often jokes even when he appears serious"
play - be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children; "The kids were playing outside all day"; "I used to play with trucks as a little girl"

horse around

Informal. To behave in a rowdy, improper, or unruly fashion:
Informal: cut up.
References in classic literature ?
It would be impossible to whirl her horse around and get away.
You look like a young Amazon," the man said approvingly, his eyes passing tenderly over the girl as she swung the horse around.
And children can enjoy donkey rides, make peg ponies and sandcastles, and horse around with hoof-like stilts.
Dappy The N-Dubz star won't be able to horse around for a little while after getting kicked in the face by his long-faced friend.
The new instalment of clips sees the fun-loving five go camping, horse around and take their tops off.
Peddlers has got as much pace as any other horse around.