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.
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one-horse

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



adj.
1. using or having only a single horse.
2. small and unimportant; limited: a one-horse town.
[1740–50]
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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"
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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.
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

one-horse

[ˈwʌnˌhɔːs] adj one-horse town (fam) → piccola città di provincia
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References in classic literature ?
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.
There was a little one-horse town about three mile down the bend, and after dinner the duke said he had ciphered out his idea about how to run in daylight without it being dangersome for Jim; so he allowed he would go down to the town and fix that thing.
It is said that a stranger took a one-horse carriage for a course-- tariff, half a franc.
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.
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.
But I was raised in the United States, and I won't allow any one-horse chicken of the Land of Ev to run over me and put on airs, as long as I can lift a claw in self-defense."
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.
He told newsmen that the whole screening process was predetermined to achieve a one-horse race which was the emergence of a fresh ticket for Governor Yahaya Bello.
John McGlynn admits Raith's ropey run of results has made League One a one-horse race.
PUNTERS yesterday backed Churchill into odds-on for the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown next Saturday as bookies declared the 10-furlong Group 1 "a one-horse race".
It is an endlessly fascinating and surprising narrative, not a one-horse tale.
It is obvious most horses are using the edge of the path to walk on because of the hoof marks but this is a one-horse offender and it's not stopping, but I suppose we will have to get on with life and hope they don't buy an elephant because it strikes me that's the only pile of dung you probably haven't stepped in yet.