I. noun Date: 14th century the back of a horse II. adverb Date: 1727 on horseback III. adjective Date: 1879 given without thorough consideration <
a horseback opinion

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  • horseback — horse•back [[t]ˈhɔrsˌbæk[/t]] n. 1) the back of a horse 2) on horseback: to ride horseback[/ex] • Etymology: 1350–1400 …   From formal English to slang

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