one-horse


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one-horse

(wŭn′hôrs′)
adj.
1. Drawn by or using only one horse: a one-horse carriage.
2. Very small or insignificant: a one-horse town.

one-horse

adj
1. drawn by or using one horse
2. (prenominal) informal small or obscure: a one-horse town.

one′-horse`



adj.
1. using or having only a single horse.
2. small and unimportant; limited: a one-horse town.
[1740–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.one-horse - small and remote and insignificant; "a jerkwater college"; "passed a series of poky little one-horse towns"
provincial - characteristic of the provinces or their people; "deeply provincial and conformist"; "in that well-educated company I felt uncomfortably provincial"; "narrow provincial attitudes"

one-horse

adjective (Informal) small (only used to describe towns) slow, quiet, minor, obscure, sleepy, unimportant, small-time (informal), backwoods, tinpot (Brit. informal) I don't want to live in a small, one-horse town all my life.
Translations

one-horse

[ˈwʌnˈhɔːs] ADJ
1. [carriage] → de un solo caballo
2.insignificante, de poca monta
one-horse townpueblucho m
3. a one-horse race (fig) → una contienda en la que no hay color, un paseo triunfal

one-horse

[ˈwʌnˌhɔːs] adj one-horse town (fam) → piccola città di provincia
References in classic literature ?
So he tied up his feet, and went on limping about and coughing, until at last he fell to pieces, all at once and in a heap, like the One-Horse Shay.
Here the conversation was interrupted by the approach of a small one-horse buggy to the inn.
First you wrap a layer or two of blanket around your body, for a sort of cushion and to keep off the cold iron; then you put on your sleeves and shirt of chain mail -- these are made of small steel links woven together, and they form a fabric so flexible that if you toss your shirt onto the floor, it slumps into a pile like a peck of wet fish-net; it is very heavy and is nearly the uncomfortablest material in the world for a night shirt, yet plenty used it for that -- tax collectors, and reformers, and one-horse kings with a defective title, and those sorts of people; then you put on your shoes -- flat-boats roofed over with interleaving bands of steel -- and screw your clumsy spurs into the heels.
Pa, he 'lowed he'd break up and go down and live with Uncle Ben, who's got a little one-horse place on the river, forty-four mile below Orleans.
WE had powerful good luck; because we got a chance in a stern-wheeler from away North which was bound for one of them bayous or one-horse rivers away down Louisiana way, and so we could go all the way down the Upper Mississippi and all the way down the Lower Mississippi to that farm in Arkansaw without having to change steamboats at St.
I s'pose you might call it a main street, an' your aunt Sawyer lives on it, but there ain't no stores nor mills, an' it's an awful one-horse village
I jumped up, took my muff and umbrella, and hastened into the inn- passage: a man was standing by the open door, and in the lamp-lit street I dimly saw a one-horse conveyance.
Sleighs are also subdivided into two - horse and one-horse sleighs.
It is said that a stranger took a one-horse carriage for a course-- tariff, half a franc.
Directly opposite to him came a strange one-horse vehicle, evidently rigged up by soldiers out of any available materials and looking like something between a cart, a cabriolet, and a caleche.
The ferry system between Oakland and San Francisco is the worst one-horse concern in the United States.
We will start, if you please, in the railway--we will proceed in a one-horse chaise--and we will stop at a village, situated in a hole.