Definition of horse-and-buggy in US English:



North American
  • attributive Old-fashioned.

    ‘horse-and-buggy technology’
    • ‘If Sponer's list forces her to remain focused on profits, Nichols's twelve criteria served to remind him of just what he didn't want to get into back in the early 1990s, when he was looking to start a company: a horse-and-buggy operation.’
    • ‘In an era in which information and know-how are being dispersed and people are demanding a more direct say in decision making, the parliament looks like a horse-and-buggy institution.’
    • ‘You know that even the Amish, in horse-and-buggy Pennsylvania, are secretly buying cell phones?’
    • ‘DJ Moby, in a post on his Web site, nailed it: ‘Record companies suing 12-year-old girls for file sharing is kind of like horse-and-buggy operators suing Henry Ford.’’
    • ‘The only superficial traits that set the Amish apart from the ‘normals ‘are their thick horse-and-buggy accents and the fact that they all cop to having limited educations.’’
    • ‘When you invent a railroad, you need railroad-rules for it, not horse-and-buggy rules.’
    • ‘Her ‘see, I told you so’ grin left me feeling like a chastised schoolgirl - or the last horse-and-buggy driver in town.’
    • ‘Tony Abott's avowed commitment to our horse-and-buggy Constitution will increasingly complicate his bid to been seen as a plausible leader for the 21st century.’
    • ‘Have these things - have these political gatherings become like horse-and-buggy conventions?’
    old-fashioned, outmoded, out of fashion, out of date, unfashionable, frumpish, frumpy, out of style, outdated, dated, out, outworn, old, former, dead, musty, old-time, old-world, behindhand, past, bygone, archaic, obsolescent, obsolete, ancient, antiquated, superannuated
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