man on horseback


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man on horseback

n. pl. men on horseback
1. A man, usually a military leader, whose popular influence and power may afford him the position of dictator, as in a time of political crisis.
2. A dictator.

man′ on horse′back


n.
1. a military leader who has the potential to become dictator.
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man on horseback

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An absolute ruler, especially one who is harsh and oppressive:
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They are coming," said a man on horseback, riding past along the lane.
I look only to the strong man, the man on horseback, to save the state from its own rotten futility.
It is certainly true, for a man on horseback just now told me so.
With a third call, more imperative than either of the two former, Nell felt obliged to comply, and this time a chorus was maintained not only by the two men together, but also by the third man on horseback, who being by his position debarred from a nearer participation in the revels of the night, roared when his companions roared, and rent the very air.
His little mare was fast bringing him up with a man on horseback, who trotted through the gate a few rods in advance of him, nodded to the toll-gatherer, and kept on towards the village.
One man on horseback seemed to be among the crowd; for there was the noise of hoofs rattling on the uneven pavement.
The ruddy features of the locksmith so set off and heightened the excessive paleness of the man on horseback, that he looked like a bloodless ghost, while the moisture, which hard riding had brought out upon his skin, hung there in dark and heavy drops, like dews of agony and death.