Definition of one-horse in English:



  • 1Drawn by or using a single horse.

    • ‘So it was done and they were on their way back to the little cottage in the one-horse cart.’
    • ‘The 40-year-old conditioner started training in 1991 with a one-horse stable.’
    • ‘Racing Hall of Fame jockey Eddie D, injured Friday in a one-horse spill at Del Mar, will be out of action for the remainder of the Del Mar meeting.’
    • ‘Suddenly a one-horse sleigh came running toward Mitsuko and Hideo.’
    • ‘On the inside, it looked as if the shed was used for a one-horse pen.’
    • ‘Grandma Abbey needed a doctor again, and after an anxious wait, he arrived, hitched his one-horse shay to the front-yard post and entered the house where he put his travel-worn black bag on the kitchen table.’
    • ‘The brougham, a one-horse closed carriage, with two or four wheels, is named after him.’
    • ‘With the royal stables under siege near the Château d' Eau, the royal family escaped the Tuileries in three one-horse carriages.’
    • ‘In those postwar years, vehicles evolved from plantation wagons drawn by oxen or mules to what Ball called ‘Northern horse wagons,’ then to one-horse and two-horse buggies.’
    • ‘Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh!’
    • ‘A one-horse cart could carry much more than a packhorse but travelled more slowly.’
    • ‘It looks like a lovely one-horse open ice sleigh, dashing through the snow.’
    • ‘Four hundredweight in a one-horse cart was low in comparison with the weights carried by scheduled carriers but it is a plausible average to use for traffic on the rural roads of Cheshire.’
    • ‘One pair of heavy draught animals with a heavy truck could pull as much as four one-horse drays.’
    • ‘In 1848 American Agriculturist praised new wagons light enough to be pulled by only two horses. By the 1860s one-horse wagons were available.’
    • ‘These required only a man and a horse to operate, but brought about an overall increase in the amount of rolling stock. By 1890 nearly half of the Metropolitan Street Railway's cars were one-horse open cars, suitable only for summer.’
    uneventful, uninteresting, unexciting, uninspiring, dull, boring, flat, quiet, sleepy, slow, stale, humdrum, tame, pedestrian, lacklustre, lifeless
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    1. 1.1informal Small and insignificant.
      ‘a one-horse town’
      • ‘Hopper is your standard closet intellectual, the kind of guy who could make something of himself if he could only get out of his one-horse hometown.’
      • ‘In this one-horse tech town dominated by MIT, it's fun to think what this might mean.’
      • ‘Much better surrounding hill towns like Ramatuelle, or the one-horse village of La Mole near my bed and breakfast.’
      • ‘Behmhusen is somewhat less than a one-horse village, so I was immediately packed off to Lüneburg to finish school with my cousins.’
      • ‘A person from a one-horse village would be as ill-prepared.’