317: IDIOMS WITH ANIMALS: HORSE!

horse mouth

(Straight) from the horse’s mouth: direct from a (reliable) source.

“I have it straight from the horse’s mouth that Jones Incorporated have had a very good year and now is the time to buy some of their shares before the figures are announced.”

 wrong horse

Back the wrong horse: put one’s faith/trust in somebody who later, or something which fails.

“Despite his criminal record I still gave him a job, but I backed the wrong horse because he’s just been convicted of shoplifting.

trojan horse

Trojan horse: apparent asset that turns out to favour a competitor.

“The senior civil servant they arrested for spying turned out to be a Trojan horse, planted by enemy intelligence twenty years previously.”

 

CARTOON YOU CAN TAKE A HORSE TO WATER-ILLUSTRATION

You can take a horse to water (but you cannot make it drink): you can encourage somebody to do something, but you cannot force him/her.

“I agreed to take the children to the fair, but I refused to ride on the big dipper no matter how they tried to persuade me; after all, you can take a horse to water but you cannot make it drink.”

 

(From  John O.E. Clark, Dictionary of English Idioms, Harrap’s)

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