Definition of unhorse in English:



[with object]
  • Drag or cause to fall from a horse.

    ‘having unhorsed each other, the two men finished the fight on foot’
    figurative ‘her mission is to unhorse fashionable literary figures and theories’
    • ‘She had embarrassed him by unhorsing him, and he was going to make her pay for it.’
    • ‘In his fury and humiliation at being unhorsed, he turned to meet the one who had brought him down, ready to make up for it.’
    • ‘The second charge was much the same, but on the third, Arthur was unhorsed.’
    • ‘They had leapt from the Middle Ages to modern war by unhorsing the aristocrats.’
    • ‘His narrative provided my father with a good deal of background and color though, except for the incident of the unhorsed Indian, few useful specifics.’
    • ‘Sir Andros easily unhorsed his challenger, and the young Kerric landed flat on his back with a loud crash, steel plates clattering about his body, helmet rolling away.’
    • ‘Both involved mounted combat with lances; the former was a peaceful joust, using blunted lances and seeking to score points by splintering lances, the latter was a warlike joust, using pointed lances with unhorsing the principal aim.’
    • ‘I had to slow down quickly or I would have been unhorsed trying to make the right.’
    • ‘The Knights may have been unhorsed by their own actions or inactions as in the case of the Worcester County Shoe Strike of 1887, but outside pressures were mounting as well.’
    • ‘However, William is unhorsed and a shout goes up that he is dead.’
    • ‘A few phone calls later, O'Reilly says, the Hopkins myth was unhorsed.’
    • ‘Still, he had to show her his displeasure towards her unhorsing him.’
    • ‘One wouldn't want to be unhorsed in the middle of the chase, what?’
    • ‘By unhorsing the only white knight around at the time, the government effectively caused the group to collapse.’
    • ‘The five men in the 20th century who unhorsed sitting presidents - Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton - all built their power bases as state governors.’
    • ‘One wonders if the neocons even know how many are waiting in hopeful anticipation of their unhorsing and humiliation.’
    • ‘One imagines that an eager young suitor, taking his girl there on a first date, could be seriously unhorsed when he tried to order that impressive bottle of Pinot Grigiot he had in mind.’
    • ‘And hardest of all was the force needed to unhorse a performer hesitant to fall on cue.’
    • ‘During a street clash in 1912 a 73-year-old woman unionist unhorsed the Police Commissioner with her hatpin.’
    • ‘Eleanor was amazed at how easily this mysterious knight had unhorsed the yellow knight, and she found that despite her earlier feelings towards jousting, she really did want to see more of this jousting tournament.’