Definition of horseflesh in US English:



  • 1Horses considered collectively.

    • ‘They were already on equal terms in judging horseflesh and in another year Joe would be as good a breaker as Adam was.’
    • ‘He must have been bred by someone with a great eye for horseflesh.’
    • ‘Catching him looking at her in a mirror during their engagement, she sees herself as he sees her, ‘with the assessing eye of a connoisseur inspecting horseflesh, or even of a housewife in the market, inspecting cuts on the slab’.’
    • ‘A double-massed queue of drivers stared at me in amazement: a wet, staggering Scotsman tugging and pleading and swearing at a stationary mound of horseflesh.’
    • ‘His genius as a handler of horseflesh has long been acknowledged.’
    • ‘But when two wealthy men bid head-to-head, it isn't just about horseflesh and bloodlines.’
    • ‘Royal Ascot is traditionally a high-point in the social calendar when fashion competes with horseflesh for attention.’
    • ‘He may be a painter of horses, but while he studied them in detail and rendered them truer to life than any artist had before, it was life itself, rather than horseflesh, which was Stubbs' true subject.’
    • ‘They were, of course, much nearer the blends of Arab and Arabian blood to which we are indebted for everything we prize most in horseflesh.’
    • ‘Half a ton of horseflesh running scared across a battlefield is a frightening and dangerous prospect.’
    • ‘Beyond the whitewashed plank fences grazed the most expensive horseflesh I'd ever set eyes on.’
    • ‘During the wooing scene, Petruchio assesses Kate as though she were a piece of horseflesh, checking her ‘gait’ for imperfections.’
    • ‘Yes, well, women have been treated like horseflesh for thousands of years.’
    • ‘For the rest of us, as always, the sweet smell of horseflesh is the only tonic.’
    • ‘She barely notices the prime horseflesh a few hundred feet away.’
    • ‘It's a sensible move by Murtagh, though most Flat jockeys that I know would run a mile rather than ride over fences, since they correctly reason that controlling a half-ton of horseflesh is hard enough without putting obstacles in your way.’
    • ‘She's a sweet women, but not very wise about horseflesh.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, Cromwell, with his eye for good horseflesh, noticed Cecil's horse and called him over to inquire about the animal.’
    • ‘Last year's Cox Plate performance, in a race rated the true test of Australasian horseflesh, was nothing short of phenomenal.’
    • ‘Forget your Doncasters and your Melbourne Cups, exciting as they are, this is the real McCoy, the fair-dinkum decider of the best horseflesh in Australasia.’
    1. 1.1 The flesh of a horse, especially when used as food.
      • ‘This repulsive figure is eternally farting; his stinking bowels suffering from his apparently endless consumption of discount horseflesh and champagne.’
      • ‘Otto Herz and Eugen Pfizenmayer, who made the discovery, wondered if they shouldn't eat it, rather than continue to subsist on horseflesh.’
      • ‘Forbidden to surrender the Sixth Army struggled on in the final weeks of January 1943 eating raw horseflesh, with no medicine for wounds and no anaesthetic for surgery.’
      • ‘The market for British horseflesh on the continent has doubled over the last five years.’
      • ‘Hounds were fed horseflesh and collected on hunt days with the sound of a horn in the street.’
      • ‘British officers pencilled out amusing menus featuring horseflesh and one Major Stewart's ‘devoted batman was killed while bringing his mule-steak lunch to his dug-out’.’
      • ‘Because horses in America are not food animals, veterinarians commonly prescribe and treat horses with potent drugs that may reside in the horseflesh and be dangerous when consumed by humans.’
      • ‘A measure introduced in the United States Senate on Monday would permanently ban horse slaughter for human consumption as well as the international transport of live horses or horseflesh for human consumption.’
      • ‘The purpose was to safeguard the export of meat products to countries which prohibited the marketing of horseflesh.’
      • ‘The horrors of the trench - rotting horseflesh, mud, poor food, weapons that would not fire, poison gas and the sheer terror of waiting for death - these were the images and experience of the Great War.’
      • ‘Horsehide is not quite as readily available as cowhide - we don't eat many horses in America, but the French and Belgians love to munch on horseflesh, so most of the hides come from Europe.’