one-horse
one-horse one"-horse`, a. 1. Drawn by one horse; having but a single horse; as, a one-horse carriage. [1913 Webster]

2. Second-rate; inferior; small; as, a one-horse town. [Slang, U.S.] [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • one-horse — adj 1.) one horse town informal a small and boring town 2.) one horse race a race, competition etc which a particular person or thing looks likely to win easily …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • one-horse — one ,horse adjective pulled by one horse: a one horse carriage …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • one-horse — one′ horse adj. 1) using or having only a single horse 2) small and unimportant; limited: a one horse town[/ex] • Etymology: 1740–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • one-horse — (adj.) small scale, petty 1853, American English, colloquial, in reference to towns so small they only had one horse …   Etymology dictionary

  • one-horse — [wun′hôrs′] adj. 1. drawn by or using a single horse ☆ 2. Informal having little importance; limited in resources, scope, etc.; petty; inferior …   English World dictionary

  • one-horse — 1) ADJ: ADJ n (disapproval) If someone describes a town as a one horse town, they mean it is very small, dull, and old fashioned. Would you want to live in a small, one horse town for your whole life? 2) ADJ: ADJ n If a contest is described as a… …   English dictionary

  • one-horse — adjective 1 one horse town informal a small and boring town: I can t wait to get out of this one horse town! 2 pulled by one horse: a one horse plough …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • one-horse — /wun hawrs , hohrs /, adj. 1. using or having only a single horse: a one horse carriage. 2. small and unimportant; limited: a one horse town. [1740 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • one-horse — adjective Date: 1739 1. drawn or operated by one horse 2. small, small time < a one horse town > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • one-horse — /ˈwʌn hɔs/ (say wun haws) adjective using or having only a single horse: a one horse carriage …   Australian English dictionary

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