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10 Useful Horse Idioms



1.You’re backing the wrong horse / You’re betting on the wrong horse. (= You are supporting the wrong person, organization, etc. that cannot succeed)

2.You’re beating a dead horse / You’re flogging a dead horse. (= You are continuing to argue a point that has already been settled)

3.Hold your horses. (= Try to be patient)

4.Never look a gift horse in the mouth. (= Don’t complain about a gift which is not perfect)

5.You’re locking the barn door after the horse is gone. (= You’re trying to fix a problem after it is too late)

6.You’re putting the cart before the horse. (= You’re doing things in the wrong order)

7.I got it straight from the horse’s mouth. (= I got this news from the source)

8.You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. (= You can give someone the opportunity to do something, but you cannot force them to do it if they do not want to)

9.He eats like a horse. (= He eats a lot)

10.Don’t change horses in midstream. (= Don’t make changes to a plan which you already started implementing)