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What does the phrase beat a dead horse mean?
It means that you should stop talking about the subject because it's useless and already been talked about enough. (A dead horse won't do anything for you, no matter how many times you beat it.)
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it means the horse is bomb proof. you could stick a kid on it, or somebody who has never ridden a horse before. fire a gun from it's back stuff like that. it won't spook… easily.
It's a saying that was used to tell someone they are disowned or would never be seen or heard again. They choose to behave as if you were dead and they will never see you aga…in in their lifetime
It's an old Western term: if you had no wife, no horse, and not even a mustache -- you were a pretty useless fellow!
It means that you (or the person) shouldn't be self-critical. Another way of saying that would be "Don't be so hard on yourself", or "You are your own worst enemy".
The term Ran Out means the horse has ran around the fence or hurdle instead of jumping it, or if the jockey has taken the wrong course
The "dead" of winter means the very middle, where everything seems cold and dead.
Dark Horse is an older synonym for underdog, also used sometimes in elections. A dark horse is someone unlikely to win in a competition.
The expression "dead ringer" means an exact physical likeness of one person to another.
Dead lame means the horse basically can't move. It can also mean 'three legged lame' where three of the horses legs are lame.
This is something which would be said by someone who has done their very best at something. It is a statement to the effect that "this is the best I can do, I doubt you …can better it, but you're welcome to try".
It's a useless action. (A dead horse won't pull your wagon no matter how much you beat him.)
Flogging a dead horse (alternatively beating a dead horse in some parts of the Anglophone world) is an idiom that means a particular request or line of conversation is already… foreclosed or otherwise resolved, and any attempt to continue it is futile; or that to continue in any endeavour (physical, mental, etc.) is a waste of time as the outcome is already decided It more or less means to continue doing something after a point where it would normally considered to be finished. For example, when beating horse to death, if you continued beating it after it was dead, that would be beating a dead horse.
Horse play or rough housing means you are playing rough with someone. Either hitting, wrestling or slapping. Usually by guys and usually intended as a reminder for young boys.… I got swats in junior high school for horse play.
It means that you aren't going to accomplish anything but you can still dream about getting it done.
The phrase "had been all but dead" means that the creature involved had been extremely close to death, and was nearly dead.