workhorse
noun Date: 1543 1. a horse used chiefly for labor as distinguished from driving, riding, or racing 2. a. (1) a person who performs most of the work of a group task (2) a hardworking person b. something that is markedly useful, durable, or dependable c. horse 7

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  • Workhorse — may refer to:* a draft horse * a machine that performs dependably under heavy, prolonged use * a person who works tirelessly at difficult, time consuming tasks * Workhorse Custom Chassis …   Wikipedia

  • workhorse — 1540s, from WORK (Cf. work) (n.) + HORSE (Cf. horse). Figurative use by 1949 …   Etymology dictionary

  • workhorse — ► NOUN ▪ a person or machine that works hard and reliably over a long period …   English terms dictionary

  • workhorse — [wʉrk′hôrs΄] n. 1. a horse used for working, as for pulling a plow 2. a steady, responsible worker who assumes a heavy workload 3. a machine, vehicle, etc. that proves to be durable and dependable …   English World dictionary

  • workhorse — [[t]wɜ͟ː(r)khɔː(r)s[/t]] workhorses 1) N COUNT A workhorse is a horse which is used to do a job, for example to pull a plough. 2) N COUNT: usu with supp If you describe a person or a machine as a workhorse, you mean that they can be relied upon… …   English dictionary

  • workhorse — UK [ˈwɜː(r)kˌhɔː(r)s] / US [ˈwɜrkˌhɔrs] noun [countable] Word forms workhorse : singular workhorse plural workhorses 1) someone who does a lot of hard or boring work 2) a very useful piece of equipment that you use a lot …   English dictionary

  • workhorse — work|horse [ˈwə:kho:s US ˈwə:rkho:rs] n a person, machine, or vehicle that does a lot of work, especially when it is hard or boring ▪ The Hercules aircraft has been the workhorse of the airforce for over 25 years …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • workhorse — noun (C) 1 someone who does most of the work, especially when it is hard or boring 2 a machine or vehicle that can be used to do a lot of work: a software program that is rapidly becoming the architect s workhorse …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • workhorse — /werrk hawrs /, n. 1. a horse used for plowing, hauling, and other heavy labor, as distinguished from a riding horse, racehorse, etc. 2. a person who works tirelessly at a task, assumes extra duties, etc. [1535 45; WORK + HORSE] * * * …   Universalium

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