horseshoes


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horse·shoe

 (hôrs′sho͞o′, hôr′sho͞o′)
n.
1. A flat U-shaped metal plate fitted and nailed to the bottom of a horse's hoof for protection.
2. A U-shaped object similar to a horseshoe.
3. horseshoes(used with a sing. verb) A game in which players toss horseshoes or horseshoe-shaped pieces at a stake so as to encircle it or come closer to it than the other players.
tr.v. horse·shoed, horse·shoe·ing, horse·shoes
To fit with horseshoes.
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horseshoes

(ˈhɔːsˌʃuːz)
n
(Games, other than specified) (functioning as singular) a game in which the players try to throw horseshoes so that they encircle a stake in the ground some distance away
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.horseshoes - a game in which iron rings (or open iron rings) are thrown at a stake in the ground in the hope of encircling ithorseshoes - a game in which iron rings (or open iron rings) are thrown at a stake in the ground in the hope of encircling it
leaner - (horseshoes) the throw of a horseshoe so as to lean against (but not encircle) the stake
ringer - (horseshoes) the successful throw of a horseshoe or quoit so as to encircle a stake or peg
outdoor game - an athletic game that is played outdoors
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References in classic literature ?
Horseshoes, swords, and the heads of halberds, or bills, are often found there ; one place is called the ``Danes' well,'' another the ``Battle flats.'' From a tradition that the weapon with which the Norwegian champion was slain, resembled a pear, or, as others say, that the trough or boat in which the soldier floated under the bridge to strike the blow, had such a shape, the country people usually begin a great market, which is held at Stamford, with an entertainment called the Pear-pie feast, which after all may be a corruption of the Spear-pie feast.
Up the avenue Margaret strolled slowly, stopping to watch the sky that gleamed through the upper branches of the chestnuts, or to finger the little horseshoes on the lower branches.
In the intervals of brightness it was easy to distinguish objects in remote corners of the shop and the horseshoes that hung upon the wall; in the momentary gloom the fire seemed to be glimmering amidst the vagueness of unenclosed space.
Strong left!" or Hogan-Yale of the White Hussars, leading his squadron for all it was worth, with the price of horseshoes thrown in; or "Tick" Boileau, trying to live up to his fierce blue and gold turban while the wasps of the Bengal Cavalry stretched to a gallop in the wake of the long, lollopping Walers of the White Hussars.
Already the stables were lit up like a chandelier; there was a staccato rattle of horseshoes in the stable yard, and the great gates were opening as we skimmed past in the nick of time.
Dissatisfied with the pacific aspect of a face which had no more than the faintest hint of flaxen eyebrow, together with a pair of amiable blue-gray eyes and round pink cheeks that refused to look formidable, let him frown as he would before the looking-glass (Philip had once told him of a man who had a horseshoe frown, and Tom had tried with all his frowning might to make a horseshoe on his forehead), he had had recourse to that unfailing source of the terrible, burnt cork, and had made himself a pair of black eyebrows that met in a satisfactory manner over his nose, and were matched by a less carefully adjusted blackness about the chin.
You do that when you've lost a horseshoe that you've found, instead of nailing it up over the door, but I hadn't ever heard anybody say it was any way to keep off bad luck when you'd killed a spider.
In the centre of this court, in the form of a horseshoe, were the buildings occupied by Mazarin, and at each wing the pavilion (or smaller building), where D'Artagnan was confined, and that, level with the orangery, where Athos was to be.
Wilson said to himself, "The drop of black blood in her is superstitious; she thinks there's some devilry, some witch business about my glass mystery somewhere; she used to come here with an old horseshoe in her hand; it could have been an accident, but I doubt it."
The ostrich that will eat A horseshoe so great, In the stead of meat, Such fervent heat His stomach doth gnaw.
Sorelli herself, on the day after the adventure of the fireman, placed a horseshoe on the table in front of the stage-door-keeper's box, which every one who entered the Opera otherwise than as a spectator must touch before setting foot on the first tread of the staircase.
From the stage his eyes wandered to the point of the horseshoe where May sat between two older ladies, just as, on that former evening, she had sat between Mrs.