Hold Your Horses!
5 Most Common English Idioms and Their Meanings Explained in a Very Funny Way
An idiom is a group of words in a fixed order that have a particular meaning that is different from the literal meaning of each word on its own.
For example, an English speaker would understand the phrase “to rain cats and dogs” which means “to rain very heavily” and not about actually raining of cats and dogs. It is very difficult for a non-English speaker to understand the real meaning of these idioms if they did not already know them!
Today, I want to present 5 of the most common idiomatic expressions on horses.
In the past, many people depended on horses for transportation, farming and other kinds of work. A lot of people still like to ride horses for sport. Horse racing and betting on horse racing are also popular. So, it is not surprising that English use a lot of expressions about horses.
1. Straight from the horse’s mouth
If you hear something (straight) from the horse’s mouth, you hear it from the person who has direct personal knowledge of it.
“I know it’s true! I heard it straight from the horse’s mouth!“
2. To eat like a horse
This means to eat large amounts of food. For example,“She’s so thin, yet she eats like a horse.”
3. Never look a gift horse in the mouth
it’s a saying, said to advise someone not to refuse something good that is being offered.
4. To flog a dead horse
This one means “to continue to put effort into something that will never be productive or function again no matter how much effort is expended”
“He keeps trying to get it published but I think he’s flogging a dead horse”
5. A dark horse
A dark horse is a person who surprises others by doing better than unexpected. In politics, a dark-horse candidate is someone who is not likely to win … but then does.
Now I have a question to you: what does “ hold your horses!” mean?
So how many of them you knew already? Let me know!
To find out the meaning of this idiomatic expression and learn more useful idioms, check our list of illustrated idioms