dray horse


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dray′ horse`


n.
a draft horse used for pulling a dray.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dray horse - horse adapted for drawing heavy loadsdray horse - horse adapted for drawing heavy loads
workhorse - a horse used for plowing and hauling and other heavy labor
cart horse, carthorse, drayhorse - draft horse kept for pulling carts
Clydesdale - heavy feathered-legged breed of draft horse originally from Scotland
Percheron - one of a breed of grey or black draft horses originally used in France to draw heavy coaches or artillery
shire horse, shire - British breed of large heavy draft horse
poler, pole horse - a draft horse harnessed alongside the shaft or pole of a vehicle
wheel horse, wheeler - a draft horse harnessed behind others and nearest the wheels of a vehicle
coach horse - strong draft horse for drawing coaches
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This dray horse, like all other horses, like all other animals, including man, is life-blinded and sense-struck.
And yet when a drunken man who, for some unknown reason, was being taken somewhere in a huge waggon dragged by a heavy dray horse, suddenly shouted at him as he drove past: "Hey there, German hatter" bawling at the top of his voice and pointing at him--the young man stopped suddenly and clutched tremulously at his hat.
In one of the smaller plants she had stumbled upon a room where scores of women and girls were sitting at long tables preparing smoked beef in cans; and wandering through room after room, Marija came at last to the place where the sealed cans were being painted and labeled, and here she had the good fortune to encounter the "forelady." Marija did not understand then, as she was destined to understand later, what there was attractive to a "forelady" about the combination of a face full of boundless good nature and the muscles of a dray horse; but the woman had told her to come the next day and she would perhaps give her a chance to learn the trade of painting cans.
Birdall, I remember, who had great draying interests, had turned loose three hundred dray horses. At an average value of five hundred dollars, this had amounted to
The brood mare, whose show name is Horsmans Princess Giselle, was bought by the brewery earlier this year to help keep its dray horse legacy alive.
Why not Gravy Boat, or Dray Horse? It's just two random words put together to make a brand and as such utterly meaningless and pointless.
A warden trying to ticket a dray horse saw it swallowed by the nag before it abruptly trotted off"
Carved into the soft sandstone by dray horse and carriage, pilgrims and wanderers, as well as centuries of rain, wind, and snowmelt, they are now largely forgotten, part of what the painter Paul Nash called the "unseen landscapes of England." For Macfarlane, holloways (from the Anglo Saxon hola weg meaning "harrowed path" or "sunken road") are part of a much larger world, one that does not appear on maps of the countryside, but that makes up what he memorably describes as a "sunken labyrinth of wildness in the heart of arable England."
The dog will be farting like a dray horse - I can't have people in the house."
After spending his first five games hobbling around like an asthmatic dray horse the mercurial fly-half dazzled against Leicester and inspired his team to the most resonant of victories.
He is an elephant without a trunk, a dray horse without the beer in tow.
It is widely accepted that Friedrich Nietzsche's contribution to philosophy ended on a fateful day in Turin in 1889, when, after attempting to save a dray horse from a brutal whipping, he collapsed, was sent to an asylum and spent the rest of his life in a state of incoherence.