dead horse
noun Date: 1830 an exhausted or profitless topic or issue — usually used in the phrases beat a dead horse and flog a dead horse

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  • dead horse — dead′ horse′ n. 1) cvb something that has ceased to be useful or relevant 2) cvb idi beatorflog a dead horse, to persist in pursuing or trying to revive interest in a project or subject that has lost its usefulness or relevance • Etymology: cvb… …   From formal English to slang

  • dead horse — I. /dɛd ˈhɔs/ (say ded haws) noun Colloquial tomato sauce. {rhyming slang} II. /dɛd ˈhɔs/ (say ded haws) Colloquial –noun 1. a debt. –phrase 2. flog a dead horse, to make useless efforts, as in attempting to raise interest in an issue …   Australian English dictionary

  • dead horse — noun 1. : advance wages for work working off a dead horse : an old debt paying for a dead horse 2. : an exhausted or profitless topic or issue arguing this question would be beating a dead horse compare dead dog …   Useful english dictionary

  • dead horse — n. a dead issue, especially one that is referred to continually. (Often with beat, whip.) □ Forget it! Don’t waste time whipping a dead horse. □ The whole business is a dead horse. Forget it …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • dead horse — n. (colloq.) a topic that has been exhausted to beat a dead horse * * * [ ded hɔːs] (colloq.) [ a topic that has been exhausted ] to beat a dead horse …   Combinatory dictionary

  • dead horse — 1. something that has ceased to be useful or relevant. 2. beat or flog a dead horse, to persist in pursuing or trying to revive interest in a project or subject that has lost its usefulness or relevance. [1820 30, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • dead horse — I Australian Slang tomato sauce, ketchup II Cockney Rhyming Slang Sauce Pass the dead horse …   English dialects glossary

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