Definition of horn in US English:

horn

noun

  • 1A hard permanent outgrowth, often curved and pointed, found in pairs on the heads of cattle, sheep, goats, giraffes, etc. and consisting of a core of bone encased in keratinized skin.

    • ‘In contrast, both sexes of many other hoofed mammals have permanent, hollow horns.’
    • ‘Most noticeable were two giant goat horns protruding from its head.’
    • ‘The horns of cows and sheep grow over a bony core that resembles the horn in shape, so anything with a slightly twisted cone of rough-surfaced bone is unlikely to be human.’
    • ‘At the festival itself, some of the men wear small goat horns attached to their heads, giving them a rather satyr like appearance.’
    • ‘Ankole cattle, from the great lakes region of East Africa, are also bred for horn shape and size.’
    • ‘At the end of these two cows' horns are attached, and to the horns two large goat skin bellows, one each side of the furnace.’
    • ‘Other participants perform libation using Scotch or other similar liquor by pouring from a ram's horn.’
    • ‘Texas is a place where everything is bigger, the adage goes, and that's as true of our lakes as of the horns on our cattle and the tires on our pickups.’
    • ‘What artist would represent cattle without horns?’
    • ‘On his belt he carries several knives, and a ram's horn for blowing.’
    • ‘It is like looking at a pair of cattle horns, is it not?’
    • ‘Some specimens even sport multiple pairs of horns, between four and six inches long.’
    • ‘At the town's market, I had discovered the magnificent horns of a blue sheep while examining wildlife body parts being offered for sale.’
    • ‘Here the cows were small with slender horns and the sheep quite goat-like.’
    • ‘It was imperative that all ritual was accompanied by the correct type of bull according to its colour, markings and horn shape to ensure the efficacy of the ritual.’
    • ‘The only difference between them was the ram's horns on one's head and the goat horns on the other.’
    • ‘Pan is most often portrayed with the torso of a man, the hooved legs and twisty horns of a wild goat, and the capricious face of a human.’
    • ‘Male bighorn sheep with the largest horns, for instance, have the highest social rank and are more likely to mate.’
    • ‘Before that, ales, which were typically dark and cloudy with yeast, were served in everything from mugs and tankards to goat horns and the chalices of kings.’
    • ‘During their first cold winter, Lewis shipped a collection of skins, horns, skeletons, and prairie plants back down the Missouri.’
    1. 1.1 A woolly keratinized outgrowth, occurring singly or one behind another, on the snout of a rhinoceros.
      • ‘The Reserve has a similar program with rhinoceros where a microchip is implanted in the animal's horn both for identification purposes and to deter poaching.’
      • ‘He fell to the ground, the large rhino horn protruding from his chest while black, sticky blood pooled around him.’
      • ‘The African rhino species have two horns, one behind the other, and have smooth, gray skin.’
      • ‘He flew up to where Element was situated, his sword floating up in front of him like a rhino's horn.’
      • ‘Now what about the issue of rhinoceros and the horns?’
      • ‘Is it the rhinoceros with its aphrodisiac horn and herbivorous browsing?’
      • ‘The Rhino's horn is not a true horn, but consists of compressed hair, and the animal prefers to defend itself with its canine teeth with which it can make horrible gashes.’
      • ‘We had just completed a night safari, coming nose to horn with a rhino who proceeded to chase the jeep.’
      • ‘Medieval explorers, coming across the rhinoceros, described it as a fierce animal like a big horse with a single horn on its nose.’
      • ‘Without their commanding horn the rhinoceros present a forlorn image.’
      • ‘The soldiers allegedly used the stolen money to buy items as diverse as cameras and rhinoceros horns, the officials said.’
      • ‘Other times and places he wore elk antlers instead, or the fibrous horns of a rhino, dancing about the walls of torch-lit caverns with feather and paw, fin and claw.’
    2. 1.2 A deer's antler.
      • ‘And then we rounded a corner and there was a male ibex nibbling on a tuft of grass, throwing his horns back every now and then as if troubled by a gigantic and very heavy quiff.’
      • ‘Most fights involve hooking uppercuts or a cautious locking of horns or shoving head to head, ending when one animal signals submission and the winner lets him go.’
      • ‘She crawled over and lay next to him, looking over the log to see a family of deer, a doe and three babies, their horns barely coming up.’
      • ‘Deer horns are mounted on top of a kostoweh worn by a leader.’
      • ‘Most of the venison comes from fallow deer, the kind that drop their horns in April and May in the park at Richmond; these are the usual inhabitants of deer parks.’
      • ‘There were the skulls of all manner of strange mountain animals, stags' horns, stuffed owls…’
      • ‘I ate my first bloody rare steak and you shot the coyote that still hangs in the family room next to one of your other first trophies, the thick horns of a mule deer.’
      • ‘This is also in accord with beliefs concerning a white ibex or deer in the Caucasus Mountains, although these concern the animal's meat or milk rather than its horn.’
      • ‘Suddenly, she saw the big buck, its crescent horns piercing the blue sky.’
      • ‘Behind him was a deer with great horns that twisted and turned in every direction.’
      • ‘Though later the victory of Enigorio, using deer horns, suggests some special status or power of the deer, Cusick never lingers on such spots.’
      • ‘It always ends with death whether it is the death of our prey and our subsequent feast or the tragic death of a pack member, caught by the horns of an elk or trampled by deer.’
      • ‘The deer brought him to where Rishyashringa was, and Vibondaka saw this shining young baby with deer horns.’
      • ‘He ate the deer and displayed its horns on the tractor as a trophy.’
      • ‘Solid horns, called antlers, distinguish most species in the deer family from the other hoofed mammals.’
      • ‘Thinking it was some deer caught in an aged trap or caught by its horns, she dropped her pail, running immediately to the place.’
      • ‘You could have been given spider webs and violet fabric to wrap your chancre or sip tea made from deer horns but you were most likely to be dosed up with toxic heavy metals.’
    3. 1.3 A projection resembling a horn on the head of another animal, e.g., a snail's tentacle or the tuft of a horned owl.
      • ‘The lad noticed the stranger's ink-black hair and the horns that grew upon his head.’
      • ‘She sighed as she looked down at the water and saw not only her reflection but a figure with brown hair and horns looking into the pond as well.’
      • ‘The man has stopped to look at a slug, which has horns and a slick skin, but they only know he has stopped.’
      • ‘The figure was bald, and sported several horns where hair should have grown.’
      • ‘Many living animals have horns or hornlike organs; the list includes antelope, deer, chameleons, birds, and even ants.’
      • ‘This contrasts with the horns of artiodactyls, which have bone cores, are paired, and are located on the frontals.’
      • ‘The dorsal gray horn receives incoming or afferent fibers.’
      • ‘Many of his contemporaries derided him as ‘a hesitating cow’ or ‘a bull with snail's horns.’’
      • ‘The creature within is like a huge snail with horns tipped by bright golden eyes.’
      • ‘In some boxfishes, such as the aptly named cowfishes, the keels extend forward, beyond the body, to form sharp horns.’
      • ‘And I don't want to cut off the horns of a black snail.’
      • ‘Any animal fairly bristling with long, pointed horns and spikes simply looks ready to fend off any and all would-be predators.’
      antenna, tentacle
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    4. 1.4hornsarchaic A pair of horns as an emblem of a cuckold.
  • 2The substance of which horns are composed.

    ‘powdered rhino horn’
    • ‘One trader along the border of what are today South Africa and Botswana employed 400 African hunters in the pursuit of rhino horn.’
    • ‘We do have things like rhino horn occasionally, and tiger fur, not on a huge scale, but it still happens.’
    • ‘It seems the Chinese believe that this rhino's horn cures everything from lumbago to laryngitis, and they will pay anything to get it.’
    • ‘Based on these measurements, the horn capsule of the claw is a composite of horn produced over the past 12 to 15 months.’
    • ‘Tiger bone is used to treat arthritis and muscular atrophy, and rhino horn to treat fevers, convulsions, and delirium.’
    • ‘Throw a tax cut their way, the argument goes, and like lovers haplessly lost to the aphrodisiacal effects of ground rhino horn, they'll be putty in your hands.’
    • ‘To date we've examined over 1,000 rhino horn pills; we've never found a real one.’
    • ‘The bow itself could be simply of wood or of a composite of horn or whalebone placed between two thin pieces of yew and covered in tendon, while steel bows appear from the 14th century.’
    • ‘Hand-crafted objects are made in wood, leather, horn, metal, stone, mineral, clay, cloth, and feathers.’
    • ‘Rhino horn is said to make men sexually unstoppable, and asparagus, bananas, eels, oysters, figs and ginseng are all reputed to get you going.’
    • ‘But the proteins on our outside - in skin, hair, and nail, as well as animal horn and hoof - are of a different kind.’
    • ‘Obviously rhino horn has nothing to do with genitalia.’
    • ‘I know this because I recently went into Gap to try on a nice grey cardigan with dark-green trim and horn buttons, mindful that this could be my key purchase for autumn 2004.’
    • ‘In Yemen, for example, rhino horn is carved into handles used in daggers called jambiyas.’
    • ‘Any effects of rhino horn are almost certainly placebo effects, of which scarcity, improbability, and high cost play a part.’
    • ‘Since Viagra gets it up more reliably than powdered horn, Asia has made a quick switch, and poachers have lost market share.’
    • ‘This netsuke of a seated deer howling at the moon stands 9.7 cm in height, and was carved in the Edo period from ivory with dark horn inlaid for eyes.’
    • ‘It must be dissolved slowly in water, over several days and then filtered to remove traces of Acacia tree bark, elephant hide and rhino horn.’
    • ‘The reference to horn and ivory show that composite bows were known, and the inclusion of yew shows they knew of this best of bow timbers.’
    • ‘The same is true for the cost of rhino horn, but the whole story is even a bit more complicated.’
    1. 2.1 A receptacle or instrument made of horn, such as a drinking container or powder flask.
      • ‘He has raised a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he promised through holy prophets long ago.’
      • ‘I watched his hands, tipping measured amounts of powder from a pewter horn, tapping in a ball and wad with a short ramrod.’
      • ‘Horns are used as butter dishes and large horns as cups for drinking mead.’
      • ‘The soldier blinked repeatedly and then raised his horn to his lips.’
      • ‘My current practice goes far better when I've had a couple of bottles / horns of beer or cider.’
      • ‘Drink was taken in horns, similarly decorated and sometimes with metal tips and rims.’
      • ‘Then he grabbed his ration pack, gunpowder horn, and bullet bag.’
  • 3A horn-shaped projection.

    • ‘The posterior horns are present and normal and contain normal choroid plexus.’
    • ‘Half of the left uterine horn was fixed in Bouin's fixative, and processed routinely for immunohistochemistry.’
    • ‘At the front are two projecting horns flanking a forecourt, at the back of which is the entrance to the chambers.’
    • ‘The tail occupies a position in the roof of the inferior horn of the lateral ventricle.’
    • ‘He stood up awkwardly and strolled mysteriously to the corner of the room where a peculiarly large gramophone horn dominated.’
    • ‘The stool horns should project equally out from the side of the casing as it does from the front.’
    • ‘Performers projected into a horn, and the vibrations were directly converted into the wiggles of a groove on the master disc.’
    • ‘Michael's headlong flight meant he and Kieran were going to clip off the vanguard of the right horn of the crescent.’
    • ‘There's a cartoon: a man wrapped in a tuba, its horn gaping over his head.’
    • ‘America's riches are pulling people all along the continent's Hispanic horn on a great migration to the place they call El Norte.’
    • ‘The headdress with its straight, sharp horns holds out a model of a very different sort of response - that of active fight and resistance.’
    1. 3.1 A sharp promontory or mountain peak.
      • ‘Amongst the glowing purples and reds of a Saharan sunset the silhouette of Mount Ktrik, its peak formed from two horns, began to look very sinister.’
      • ‘But rounding the horn and coming back up the peninsula was another story.’
    2. 3.2 A raised projection on the pommel of a Western saddle.
      ‘slung from the horn of his saddle was a leather bag’
      • ‘At that, Cirrus, who until now had been sitting on Hiera's saddle horn, spread his wings and uttered a single short shriek.’
      • ‘When he grabs hold of it I tie the other end to Dartanian's saddle horn.’
      • ‘The front horns permitted putting considerably more poundage behind the lance thrust than was possible with a pad saddle.’
      • ‘Standing in the doorway, he looped the lead around the saddle horn.’
      • ‘They had to pry his fingers from the saddle horn one at a time to get him down and into the house.’
      • ‘Still gripping the rope, Gritts tied one end of the rope to General's saddle horn and climbed back on.’
      • ‘He helped her get on her mare, then he grabbed Lady's saddle horn, and pulled himself on with great effort.’
      • ‘A hand moved hers aside to grab the saddle horn and then he heaved himself up on the beast behind her.’
      • ‘He thanked god there was no saddle horn as Felix climbed up behind him.’
      • ‘Trapping of fingers between the rope and saddle horn can cause multiple finger injuries.’
      • ‘She had each horse's bridle on the horn too, and had a pile of blankets.’
      • ‘He delayed his reply while he grabbed a hold of the saddle horn and mounted, fighting to control his emotions and well aware that Adam was studying him.’
      • ‘Angie mounted her horse, grabbing the reins with one hand, holding them above the horn of the western saddle.’
    3. 3.3 Cape Horn.
    4. 3.4 An arm or branch of a river or bay.
    5. 3.5 The extremity of the moon or other crescent.
      • ‘The horns of the crescent moon were pointed almost straight up.’
      • ‘The bowed bottom of the anchor recalls the horns of the crescent moon, an attribute of the Egyptian goddess Isis, the queen of heaven and the virgin mother of Horus.’
      • ‘Also, at high latitudes (close to the poles) the Moon never sticks its horns straight up.’
    6. 3.6British vulgar slang An erect penis.
  • 4A wind instrument, conical in shape or wound into a spiral, originally made from an animal horn (now typically brass) and played by lip vibration.

    • ‘Their origins lay among the huntsmen and foresters who had long used horns, either animal or metal, as a way of communicating in wooded areas.’
    • ‘With a smooth, effortless movement, the killer kicked the master's horn over the edge of the balcony where it spun into the blackness below.’
    • ‘Puck produces a horn, and raising it to his lips gives three blows.’
    • ‘Notes from the organ and four horns drone and mimic cathedral bells.’
    • ‘It's the King coming and the sound of those who herald him with horns of brass pressed to their mouths.’
    • ‘Around the clock, the coaches galloped down the towns' high streets with long brass horns blowing to warn pedestrians.’
    • ‘Her grandfather's horn sounded in the hilltop brush; the hounds burst into chorus.’
    • ‘So she took up the euphonium, a smaller horn that is a member of the tuba family.’
    • ‘Hounds were fed horseflesh and collected on hunt days with the sound of a horn in the street.’
    • ‘While the voices and sometimes tonal percussion leave you in no doubt about their West African roots, the horns echo African military bands and European / American brass bands.’
    • ‘At the conclusion eight horns (led by Michelle Perry of the Empire Brass) rang out triumphantly.’
    • ‘The pandemonium - for every horn must blare - cannot be imagined.’
    • ‘Suddenly, the sharp call of a faraway horn caught the trio's attention.’
    • ‘At their head stood Chief Hargougha with the horn raised to his mouth.’
    • ‘Behind the tumblers march musicians, playing early trumpets and horns.’
    • ‘The lucky old sopranos only get blasted by the horns, which is much nicer.’
    • ‘Could the Universe be shaped like a medieval horn?’
    • ‘Valved horns were permitted, in the light of Wagner's own equivocation about them, joining those valved horn hybrids known as Wagner tubas.’
    • ‘Suddenly she turned and vanished from the parapet; and all the time the sentry upon the wall blew out the long note from his brass horn.’
    1. 4.1
      short for French horn
      • ‘The finale is for full orchestra with unison horns and trumpets rousingly playing Purcell's theme at the end.’
      • ‘This arrangement demands an extremely colourful orchestra that includes piccolo, four horns, harp, orchestral bells, and tam-tam.’
      • ‘There surely must have been a hint of gold in music for woodwind and horns for Mozart to have dressed his offerings in such a resplendent manner.’
      • ‘The orchestra is most likely to be double woodwind, horns and trumpets, harp, piano, percussion and strings.’
      • ‘Peter von Winter's contribution is a Sinfonia concertante for violin, clarinet, horn, bassoon, and orchestra.’
      • ‘The scoring is for a simple classical orchestra, strings, double woodwind, four horns and two trumpets.’
      • ‘In the afternoon the quintet, which is made up of two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba, gave a concert in Marden House.’
      • ‘There is some lovely playing, particularly from the woodwinds, but the horns, timpani and bass line are too recessed to have the necessary impact.’
      • ‘He transcribed them and set about making a set of 14 parts for horns, trumpets, trombones and timpani.’
      • ‘He wants to tell a joke that only horn players will really appreciate.’
      • ‘During the summer months, she plays co-principal horn and is a featured soloist with the Capitol City Band.’
      • ‘He uses brass - horns, in particular - recalling the grand heroic gestures of Romantic music.’
      • ‘The quintet of oboe, flute, clarinet, horn and bassoon is led by Howard Nelson and will present a programme of contrasting chamber music.’
      • ‘Chailly has the vast canvas within his grasp from the very opening of those horns and brass that herald the mammoth journey.’
      • ‘Right at the end, horns, trumpets, trombones intone the symphony's opening phrase - we have returned full circle.’
      • ‘The encore - Le Basque - by Marin Marais, arranged for horn and piano is an absolute charmer.’
      • ‘Soft-toned trumpets and horns enter, menacing minor-key interchanges leading to high flute and muted trombones at the close.’
      • ‘The brass section of an orchestra typically consists of trumpets, horns, trombones, and tubas.’
      • ‘And when before have clarinets and horns been so mellowly blended?’
      • ‘The NYOI is joined by the Wind Quintet of Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra which includes oboe, clarinet, horn, flute and bassoon.’
  • 5An instrument sounding a warning or other signal.

    ‘a car horn’
    • ‘In the distance, horns sounded as the royal army began riding out from behind the castle walls.’
    • ‘The car behind you blasts its horn because you let a pedestrian finish crossing.’
    • ‘Another time, Li just couldn't get her car to start up at an intersection when the light turned green, leaving a whole line of vehicles blaring their horns behind her.’
    • ‘I jumped when I heard a horn honk behind me and spun around, as a familiar black car pulled up.’
    • ‘A horn blasted behind Adam and he eased off the brake.’
    • ‘We were in the middle of kissing when a car horn blasted behind us.’
    • ‘As she was trying to clean up the mess, using a box of tissues, she heard the honking of a horn behind her.’
    • ‘The pilot initiated an emergency descent after a warning horn sounded when the plane reached its cruising height of 32,000 ft.’
    • ‘The bus driver sounded his horn, whereupon the car driver deliberately reduced his speed and delayed the progress of the bus.’
    • ‘In Beijing the sounding of car horns is the exception, rather than the rule while Shanghainese seem to hardly ever take their hand off the klaxon button.’
    • ‘Jill sped past, cursing at the horns honking behind her.’
    • ‘In the third frame, the two clubs combined for four goals before the horn sounded to signal the end of the game.’
    • ‘I must have spaced out, because before I knew it there was a great blare of horns behind me.’
    • ‘I had tooted my horn to warn a cyclist that I was behind him.’
    • ‘Car drivers use their horns to signal their support.’
    • ‘They hold the moment for a little longer, not noticing the light turning green until a horn sounds from behind.’
    • ‘Cameron stepped on the gas harder, honked the horn to warn a group of teenagers who were considering stepping onto the road right in front of him.’
    • ‘He exclaimed to himself before someone behind him honked their horn.’
    • ‘A horn sounded, signalling the arrival of Peter's opponent.’
    • ‘He sounded his warning horn, but Sgt Moodie's only response was to turn his back to the oncoming train.’
    siren, warning sound, alarm signal, danger signal, distress signal, alert
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verb

[with object]
  • (of an animal) butt or gore with the horns.

    pierce, stab, stick, impale, puncture, penetrate, spear, spit
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Phrases

  • blow (or toot) one's own horn

    • informal Talk boastfully about oneself or one's achievements.

      • ‘Do not be conceited, he who blows his own horn will find people are quick to get out of his way.’
      • ‘To toot my own horn, I've been referred to as ‘hot’ upon more than one occasion.’
      • ‘In other words, you're not just blowing your own horn.’
      • ‘He's not a person that blows his own horn at all.’
      • ‘Don't envy, don't boast, don't toot your own horn - ever.’
      • ‘Anyhow - I'm not writing to toot my own horn, I am writing to toot yours.’
      • ‘He's certainly not shy about tooting his own horn in regard to some of the decisions that were made concerning the script and location shooting.’
      • ‘I hate to toot my own horn but this is a pretty huge paradigm shift for me.’
      • ‘We are not trying to toot our own horn by praising the achievements of Taiwan's agricultural technical teams.’
      • ‘Now, not to toot my own horn, but don't you think I deserve some credit in this scenario?’
      boast, brag, sing one's own praises, show off, swank, congratulate oneself
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  • draw (or pull) in one's horns

    • Become less assertive or ambitious.

      • ‘I think a lot of companies, because of the economic situation, are pulling in their horns.’
      • ‘And from my point of view, he was one of those players who needed a shock to pull his horns in.’
      • ‘I believe that both companies will suffer when consumers are eventually forced to draw in their horns, which is why I'll be giving their shares a miss.’
      • ‘The question is not whether consumers will draw in their horns, but how they will do so?’
      • ‘Individuals and businesses will pull in their horns.’
      • ‘Small wonder they drew in their horns and did nothing with it for a few years.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, what we should do is to make a serious analytical effort to determine what overseas military commitments make sense and where we should pull in our horns.’
      • ‘This is not an argument for pulling in our horns.’
      • ‘A leader emboldened by four more years, with a greater mandate, is hardly likely to pull in his horns.’
      • ‘Companies that discover what their clients really want and respond with innovative products creatively sold can increase their share and earnings even when many consumers are drawing in their horns.’
  • on the horn

    • informal On the telephone.

      ‘she got on the horn to complain’
      • ‘If you live in one of the states where this stuff is being considered, I urge you to find out who your state representatives are and get on the horn, early and often, to let them know what you think of this idea.’
      • ‘Get on the horn to British Intelligence and let them know about this.’
      • ‘The Mirror got the pair on the horn for a conference call.’
      • ‘Get that helicopter pilot on the horn, ASAP, tell him I'll be needing some things from home!’
      • ‘So my boss gets on the horn with one of the producers and insists that they let me meet with our client before he goes on the air.’
      • ‘The task of finding guests - more than two dozen at last count - has fallen to Butcher, and he's been on the horn with consulates around the world, rounding up cartoonists to import.’
      • ‘Unless you live in Melrose Place, they probably won't come, but they'll be less likely to get on the horn to the police and noise complaint department if you've made the effort.’
      • ‘Just get on the horn and phone up your local Christian radio station and tell them that you have just got to hear that new single by the David Crowder Band.’
      • ‘The Mirror recently got on the horn with McFarlane at his L.A. office.’
      • ‘Olympia Snowe apparently needed to sidestep the machinery of legislative liaisons and the Senate leadership and get on the horn and tell Hughes, Card, et al. just what hell was going on.’
  • on the horns of a dilemma

    • Faced with a decision involving equally unfavorable alternatives.

      • ‘In other words, they're on the horns of a dilemma, given their positions taken earlier on the cost of drugs.’
      • ‘The Brooklyn Museum of Art, like many of its counterparts across the country, finds itself on the horns of a dilemma.’
      • ‘Families whose daughters entered convents often found themselves on the horns of a dilemma.’
      • ‘So the government is impaled on the horns of a dilemma.’
      • ‘The judge admitted he was on the horns of a dilemma.’
      • ‘Yorkshire are on the horns of a dilemma as they await medical opinion over how long their Australian all-rounder Ian Harvey could be sidelined with a hamstring injury.’
      • ‘Once more I find myself squirming on the horns of a dilemma.’
      • ‘Republicans are stuck on the horns of a dilemma.’
      • ‘Scottish solicitors find themselves on the horns of a dilemma in attempting to comply with recent money laundering legislation, according to Joe Platt, president of the Law Society of Scotland.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, at the Erinsborough Clinic, the young hairless harpy, found herself on the horns of a dilemma, so to speak.’
      between the devil and the deep blue sea, between scylla and charybdis
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Phrasal Verbs

  • horn in

    • Intrude or interfere.

      • ‘Then Nelson and David Rockefeller horned their way in, and the spotlight moved to the Trilateral Commission.’
      • ‘When asked how he feels about TAAFI horning in on his still-developing territory, he is quick to brush away any suggested rivalry.’
      • ‘And never mind the people on the waiting list who were bumped off because someone else with more money horned his way in.’
      • ‘He considered her ‘interference ‘as horning in on HIS customer.’
      • ‘A TV reporter was canned by WCBS yesterday after he shouted the F-word at two meddlers who horned in on his live shot.’
      • ‘Busily I raced around New York, horning in on investors' conferences, eager to meet a financial guru or an entrepreneur who could teach me something.’
      • ‘But things changed when digital cameras began horning in on film's turf.’
      • ‘Socialist Workers try to horn in on every hot issue and march, but it seems that other groups aren't as bothered by this as they used to be.’
      • ‘I was doing that eons before this two-bit hustler started horning in on the action.’
      • ‘Yeah, then we got all these amateurs horning into the field, and felony fashions just went down the toilet.’
      • ‘Fark seems to be horning in on Something Awful's racket.’

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoorn and German Horn, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin cornu and Greek keras.

Pronunciation

horn

/hôrn//hɔrn/