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1A horse used for work on a farm.
- ‘They tend to be more workhorses than show horses.’
- ‘After 26 years of horse power, we sold our six workhorses (yes, we were guilty of ‘get bigger or get out’), completing our switch to using hand power.’
- ‘Edmund kept two horses for himself, but the rest were workhorses for the land or pulling carriages.’
- ‘We experimented with teams of Percheron and Belgian workhorses.’
- ‘As machinery began to overtake the use of workhorses, the Black Forest horse became endangered.’
- ‘They are workhorses and the one I chose is both affordable and powerful.’
- 1.1 A person or machine that dependably performs hard work over a long period of time.‘the aircraft was the standard workhorse of Soviet medium-haul routes’
hard worker, toiler, stakhanovite, galley slaveView synonyms
- ‘They're sort of workhorses of the airline industry.’
- ‘He's a workhorse on a team that plays hard defensively, but provides little cushion offensively.’
- ‘Motors and drives - the workhorses of many dairy plants - can play an important role in lowering kilowatt hours.’
- ‘If jazzy products and packages are the show horses, a dairy's filling process can be considered the workhorse of an operation.’
- ‘The Hercules aircraft used by the RAAF are slow by modern standards, but the big four prop engine planes are reliable workhorses used, of course, the world over.’
- ‘Communications satellites have become the workhorses in this area due to their effectiveness and efficiency.’
- ‘Both players mix OK strikeout numbers with good groundball rates, and both are workhorses with solid control.’
- ‘Sure, you've got tanks and jeeps, but the real workhorses of this war are helicopters and PBR patrol boats.’
- ‘Galvanometers are the workhorses behind many laser-based, materials-processing applications such as ablating, cutting, drilling, marking, and welding.’
- ‘And it wasn't made any easier by the fact that the genius works like a horse and that the workhorse made himself into a genius during the season.’
- ‘‘They've been the workhorses of the industry and are absolutely our best friends,’ the microbiologist says.’
- ‘Gradually he made a name for himself as (so he put it) a workhorse and not a show horse; his fellow senators came to admire him.’
- ‘Coming from Land Rover, which had made its name in producing rugged off-road workhorses used by farmers, the military and police the world over, the new model aimed to continue the tradition.’
- ‘He's also near the top of the offensive rebounding charts and is among the NBA's biggest workhorses in terms of minutes played.’
- ‘Transistors are best known as the workhorses of the computing world; a computer's microprocessor chip contains millions of these tiny, voltage-controlled switches.’
- ‘Thundering across fields remains the preserve of a small band of well-built, farm-ready workhorses with indestructible axles.’
- ‘Common diode lasers - the type used in laser pointers and grocery-store scanners - are cheap laboratory workhorses for colors ranging from orange to infrared.’
- ‘Lloyd was a workhorse out of the Blue Jays' bullpen in 1999, and that may have been one of the factors that led to his shoulder surgery in 2000.’
- ‘Despite all this, the truck, a workhorse used by farmers and builders throughout the world, still managed to drive into the Top Gear studio after only relatively minor repairs.’
- ‘Chunky, practical and uninspiring, it used to be nothing more than a dependable workhorse.’
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