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horse (the old pl. without “s” is freq. used)
1. proverbial phr. (of obscure meaning) Shr. I. ii. 82 “as many diseases as two-and-fifty h-s,” (cf. Lr. III. vi. 21); Tw.N. II. iii. 184 “a of that colour,” something of that kind; R3 I. i. 159 “I run before my to market,” I count my gains prematurely.
2. applied contemptuously to a man (cf. CUT sb. 3) 1H4 II. iv. 219 “spit in my face, call me ,” Troil. III. iii. 126 “a very , That has he knows not what” ; cf. 1H4 III. iii. 10 “a peppercorn, a brewer's horse.”
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    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 3.6
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