War horse

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a horse used in war; the horse of a cavalry soldier; especially, a strong, powerful, spirited horse for military service; a charger.

See also: War

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
"A drum passing by," he says, "being a lover of music, I listed myself for a soldier."* "He mounted a war horse, with a great sword in his hand, and planted himself behind King William the Third against Lewis the Fourteenth." But he says when he cocked his hat, and put on a broad sword, jack boots, and shoulder belt, he did not know his own powers as a writer, he did not know then that he should ever be able to "demolish a fortified town with a goosequill."** So Steele became a "wretched common trooper," or, to put it more politely, a gentleman volunteer.
Fifteen hundred war horses, beside five hundred sumpter beasts, were quartered in the great stables, while the east court was alive with cows, oxen, goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits and chickens.
War Horse narrator and songman Bob Fox will be in concert this month.
Billed as ''The most complete folk artist on the British Folk scene'' Bob will be giving a performance of songs from 'War Horse' as well as more traditional and contemporary British folk songs along with tales and humour from his recent travels.
Empire Theatre, Liverpool By CATHERINE JONES ECHO Correspondent news@liverpool.com @BodenJones N ITS first visit to the Empire 20 months ago, War Horse broke box office records.
NEARLY five years on since War Horse enjoyed a triumphant run at the Sunderland Empire, it returned on Wednesday.
THE stunning War Horse production is heading across the UK once again for a brand new tour in 2019, and stops in Leicester for the first time.
AS the National Theatre's awardwinning production of War Horse trots into its final week at Birmingham Hippodrome, the star of the show, Joey, took time out between performances to meet another special theatre horse.
The 10-year-old Irish Sports Horse mare travelled into the city centre from her stables at Alcott Farm near Alvechurch for a very special meet and greet with War Horse's hero Joey.