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There was a combination of not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, but also really not wanting to be stuck in Lord of the Rings for the rest of my life, and being desperate to kind of make sure that I could do something else with my life.
Sean Astin

Meaning of "gift horse" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF GIFT HORSE

gift horse  [ɡɪft hɔːs] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF GIFT HORSE

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Gift horse is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES GIFT HORSE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

gift horse

Trojan Horse

The Trojan Horse is a tale from the Trojan War about the subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the city of Troy and win the conflict. In the canonical version, after a fruitless 10-year siege, the Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse, and hid a select force of men inside. The Greeks pretended to sail away, and the Trojans pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy. That night the Greek force crept out of the horse and opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army, which had sailed back under cover of night. The Greeks entered and destroyed the city of Troy, decisively ending the war. The main ancient source for the story is the Aeneid of Virgil, a Latin epic poem from the time of Augustus. The event is referred to in Homer's Odyssey. In the Greek tradition, the horse is called the "Wooden Horse". Metaphorically a "Trojan Horse" has come to mean any trick or stratagem that causes a target to allow a foe into a securely protected bastion or space. A malicious computer program which tricks users into willingly running it is called a "Trojan horse".

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH GIFT HORSE


ahorse
əˈhɔːs
carthorse
ˈkɑːtˌhɔːs
clotheshorse
ˈkləʊðzˌhɔːs
cockhorse
ˌkɒkˈhɔːs
drayman
ˈdreɪˌhɔːs
hoarse
hɔːs
hobbyhorse
ˈhɒbɪˌhɔːs
horse
hɔːs
packhorse
ˈpækˌhɔːs
racehorse
ˈreɪsˌhɔːs
redhorse
ˈrɛdˌhɔːs
sawhorse
ˈsɔːˌhɔːs
seahorse
ˈsiːhɔːs
stockhorse
ˈstɒkˌhɔːs
stonehorse
ˈstəʊnˌhɔːs
studhorse
ˈstʌdˌhɔːs
unhorse
ʌnˈhɔːs
warhorse
ˈwɔːˌhɔːs
Whitehorse
ˈwaɪtˌhɔːs
workhorse
ˈwɜːkˌhɔːs

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE GIFT HORSE

gift
gift aid
gift of the gab
gift of tongues
gift shop
gift tax
gift token
gift voucher
giftable
gifted
giftedly
giftedness
giftee
giftless
giftware
giftwrap
giftwrapped
giftwrapping

WORDS THAT END LIKE GIFT HORSE

be on one´s high horse
cutting horse
dark horse
flog a dead horse
for the worse
high horse
iron horse
light horse
one-horse
pack horse
pommel horse
put the cart before the horse
quarter horse
river horse
rocking horse
sea horse
shire horse
stalking-horse
to get off your high horse
white horse
wild horse

Synonyms and antonyms of gift horse in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «gift horse» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF GIFT HORSE

Find out the translation of gift horse to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of gift horse from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «gift horse» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

有所思
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

caballo de regalo
570 millions of speakers

English

gift horse
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

उपहार घोड़े
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

هدية الحصان
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

дареному коню
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

cavalo de presente
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

উপহার ঘোড়া
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

cheval de cadeau
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kuda hadiah
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

geschenkten Gaul
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

贈り物の馬
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

선물 말
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Jaran hadiah
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

món quà ngựa
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பரிசு குதிரை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

भेट घोडा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Hediye atı
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

caval donato
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Prezent koń
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

дарованому коневі
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

cadou cal
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

άλογο δώρο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

geskenk perd
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

gåva häst
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

gave hest
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of gift horse

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The term «gift horse» is regularly used and occupies the 65.564 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about gift horse

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QUOTES WITH «GIFT HORSE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word gift horse.
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Sean Astin
There was a combination of not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, but also really not wanting to be stuck in Lord of the Rings for the rest of my life, and being desperate to kind of make sure that I could do something else with my life.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «GIFT HORSE»

Discover the use of gift horse in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to gift horse and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Gift Horse
Matt soon learns that his dreams of having his own horse are not as grand as they seem, after his great-uncle sends him a horse and Matt is forced to be responsible for its care and maintenance in a suburban community.
Betty Levin, 2010
2
Phantom Stallion #9: Gift Horse
Samantha must choose between helping her best friend and letting the Phantom win a new member of his herd. Can she make them both happy?
Terri Farley, 2003
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Gift Horse
Will Stevie Have To Say Good-bye To No-Name?
Bonnie Bryant, 2013
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Gift Horse
Dandi Daley Mackall. “Stay, Nickers,” l whispered, hurrying out to the paddock after Mr. Barker. I didn't want to miss this. If it was Summer Spidell, she was really going to be sorry. I stopped beside Mr. Barker. We shielded our eyes from the ...
Dandi Daley Mackall, 2011
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Gift Horse
Samantha wonders if the beautiful draft horse she rescued from an auction will prove to be too much to handle, but when disaster strikes at River Bend, Tinkerbell reveals her true talents.
Terri Farley, 2003
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Slocum 374: Slocum and the Gift Horse
Slocum's in a fistful of trouble with a deadly desperado.
Jake Logan, 2010
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The Gift Horse [Evergreen Dynasty Series]
[BookStrand Contemporary Romance] Never look a Gift Horse in the mouth?
Jami Davenport, 2009
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Gift Horse
Polly Morten. Gift Horse Gift Horse Polly Morten PNEUMASPRINGSPUBLISHING UK. Front Cover.
Polly Morten, 2007
9
Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth!: (and Other Weird Sayings)
Explains the meaning of some common sayings, and shows how to use each idiom correctly.
Cynthia Fitterer Klingel, 2009
10
Little Girl Goo: Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth
grandfather through the abuse she would just reply: Never look a gift horse in the mouth child. But again, I questioned, if this is a gift horse then, I'd hate to see what the horse would bring when attempting to punish. Well, I attempted to write this ...
Renee Richardson M.Ed.

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «GIFT HORSE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term gift horse is used in the context of the following news items.
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Trafalgar's strange new landmark
Called Gift Horse, the piece by German artist Hans Haacke was unveiled in March by Mayor Boris Johnson, who called it “a startlingly original ... «Macleans.ca, Jul 15»
2
Azim Premji's philanthropy is noble but his trusts must not enjoy …
Don't look the gift horse in the mouth goes the cliché. This author doesn't. Indeed he has tremendous respect for Wipro founder Azim Premji ... «Firstpost, Jul 15»
3
Not Greek to us
Everybody loves gifts and another proverb that prescribes good etiquette while accepting a gift: “Never look a gift horse in the mouth”, ... «Chandigarh Tribune, Jul 15»
4
4 fun things: PA BBQ Fest, Hops N Clocks, comedy night, Blobfest
Participating breweries are Columbia Kettleworks, Lancaster Brewing, J and J Miracle Mead, Liquid Hero, Wyndridge, Gift Horse, Roy Pitz, ... «Reading Eagle, Jul 15»
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Connellsville council should redevelop outlook, not disband …
“They have the same goal. They're interwoven. Why look a gift horse in the mouth?” he said. Laura Szepesi is a contributing writer for Trib Total ... «Tribune-Review, Jul 15»
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Brampton council delays historic LRT vote
“This is not a gift horse, this is a Trojan horse,” Gibson said. He argued that of the $1.6 billion for the project committed by the province, no more ... «OurWindsor.ca, Jul 15»
7
Gerry Hannah on the Subhumans, Julie Belmas, and his solo album
An obscure, family-and-friends only project named Gift Horse aside, Coming Home is his first and only CD, reworking and expanding on ... «Straight.com, Jul 15»
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Staring a Gift Horse in the Mouth: Notes on Fareed Zakaria's 'In …
Fareed Zakaria, CNN's foreign policy touchstone, has officially entered what is passing for the “culture wars” in American education with his ... «The Weekly Standard, Jul 15»
9
Football schedules in flux
Chuck Henderson inherited the previous two-year nonconference schedule, which was kind of a gift horse left behind by Kwayu Graham when ... «Lexington Dispatch, Jul 15»
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EDITORIAL: BP bucks: Don't get too excited
... paid at a rate of about $2 million a year — and declared: “I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth, but this is not our salvation.” «The Northwest Florida Daily News, Jul 15»

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