Definition of frighten the horses in English:

frighten the horses

phrase

  • 1

    see horse
  • 2usually with negative Do something likely to cause public outrage or offence.

    ‘David's views would not have frightened the horses’
    • ‘David's views, which surely should have been known, would not have frightened the horses.’
    • ‘Who cares what the Bishop of Reading gets up to in his spare time; provided he doesn't do it in the street and frighten the horses?’
    • ‘The Government does not want to frighten the horses.’
    • ‘Even on the fashion front, although the dresses were classically glamorous, not one would have frightened the horses.’
    • ‘The number one priority in TV comedy today is ' don't frighten the horses ', and it's probably number two and three as well.’
    • ‘Has been stealthily been doing his bit to redistribute wealth without frightening the horses (and the newspapers).’
    • ‘Labour is still afraid, or unwilling, to say exactly what it is doing, so it uses euphemisms which won't frighten the horses.’
    • ‘In order to stay in office, such a government would probably do very little to frighten the horses.’
    • ‘We don't want him frightening the horses of middle England when the Tories finally have some momentum.’
    • ‘Although the minimum wage was introduced at a level calculated not to frighten the horses, its potential ratcheting up is a ticking time-bomb in the engine room of the economy.’