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What is a gift horse in the mouth?
Definition of look a gift horse in the mouth : to look in a critical way at something that has been given to one I noticed the guitar wasn’t made of real wood, but I didn’t say anything because you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
Why do we say don’t look a gift horse in the mouth?
This phrase alludes to the fact that the age, hence the usefulness, of a horse can be determined by looking at its teeth. The expression says that if a horse is given as a gift, you should not look at its teeth to determine its quality. It is an ancient expression and the exact origin is unknown.
What is the saying about a gift horse?
Don’t question the value of a gift. The proverb refers to the practice of evaluating the age of a horse by looking at its teeth. This practice is also the source of the expression “long in the tooth,” meaning old.
What is the meaning of don’t put the cart before the horse?
: to do things in the wrong order People are putting the cart before the horse by making plans on how to spend the money before we are even certain that the money will be available.
What is the meaning of straight from the horse’s mouth?
From a reliable source, on the best authority. For example, I have it from the horse’s mouth that he plans to retire next month. Also put as straight from the horse’s mouth, this expression alludes to examining a horse’s teeth to determine its age and hence its worth. [
What does straight from the horse’s mouth mean?
What is a gifted horse?
gift horse (plural gift horses) (idiomatic) An apparent gift, that has substantial associated costs or drawbacks, especially a gift that does not fit perfectly with the recipient’s wants or needs.
What does the idiom strike while the iron is hot mean?
Definition of strike while the iron is hot : to do something immediately while there is still a good chance to do it.
What means close shave?
a narrow escape from serious danger or trouble: We weren’t hit when the truck swerved at us, but it was a close shave.
What is a horses mouth called?
Muzzle: The area of the horse’s head that includes the mouth and nostrils.
Where theres a will theres a way?
Where there’s a will there’s a way is a proverb that means if someone is determined to do something, he will find a way to accomplish it regardless of obstacles.
What is the meaning of when pig fly?
US, informal. —used to say that one thinks that something will never happen The train station will be renovated when pigs fly.