horse opera
noun Date: 1927 western 2

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • horse opera — ☆ horse opera n. Slang WESTERN (n. 2) …   English World dictionary

  • horse opera — noun a) A theatrical production, film, or program on radio or television depicting adventures of characters in the American Old West; a western. Th …   Wiktionary

  • horse opera — n. a Western movie. (See also oater.) □ They’re showing a series of old horse operas at the theater tonight. □ Haven’t I seen this horse opera before? About a hundred times maybe? …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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  • horse opera — {n. phr.} A Western movie in which cowboys and horses play a major part. * /John Wayne played in many horse operas./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • horse opera — {n. phr.} A Western movie in which cowboys and horses play a major part. * /John Wayne played in many horse operas./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • horse\ opera — n. phr. A Western movie in which cowboys and horses play a major part. John Wayne played in many horse operas …   Словарь американских идиом

  • horse opera — noun a film about life in the western United States during the period of exploration and development • Syn: ↑Western • Hypernyms: ↑feature, ↑feature film • Hyponyms: ↑spaghetti Western * * * noun, pl ⋯ eras [count] …   Useful english dictionary

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