Episode 33

English with Kirsty – episode 33

Kirsty working with students

Idioms about horses

There are many phrases in the English language that have something to do with horses. In this episode, I talk about six of them and explain what they mean.

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1. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink

You can help someone to do something but you can’t force them to make the right decision or do what you know would be good for them.

2. I heard it from the horse’s mouth

This means that you heard something from the original source or the person who has direct knowledge of it. This means that it’s not a rumour or speculation.

3. Like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted

This means that you take preventative action when it’s too late. This is not helpful because the thing that you are trying to avoid has already happened.

4. Get off your high horse

This means that you should stop talking as if you were better or knew more than other people..

5. Hold your horses

If you tell someone to hold their horses, it means that they should wait or not rush into something.

6. Eat like a horse

If you eat like a horse, it means that you always eat a lot of food.

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