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coach (someone) for (something)

To help someone to prepare for something. My daughter struggles with public speaking, so I coached her for the debate.
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drive a coach and horses through (something)

To expose the flaws in something, such as a statement, argument, or belief. Primarily heard in UK. The suspect had said he wasn't there that night but then drove a coach and horses through that idea with today's contradictory statement.
See also: and, coach, drive, horse, through

coach someone for something

to train or drill someone in preparation for doing something. Elliott coached his roommate every night for the contest. Juan coached Alice for the play.
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drive a coach and horses through something

Fig. to expose weak points or "holes" in an argument, alibi, or criminal case by [figuratively] driving a horse and carriage through them. (Formal. Emphasizes the large size of the holes or gaps in the argument.) The barrister drove a horse and carnage through the witness's testimony. The opposition will drive a coach and horses through the wording of that government bill.
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drive a coach and horses through something

mainly BRITISH
If you drive a coach and horses through an agreement or an established way of doing something, you destroy it or change it completely. The judgment appeared to drive a coach and horses through the Hague agreement. Ministers are driving a coach and horses through the plans.

drive a coach and horses through

make something entirely useless or ineffective. British
An early example of this idiom is found in this statement by the Irish lawyer Stephen Rice ( 1637–1715 ): ‘I will drive a coach and six horses through the Act of Settlement’. Early versions of the phrase also refer to a space big enough to turn a coach and six (or four ) (i.e. horses) in, but the context, following Rice's declaration, is very often that of rendering a law or regulation ineffective.
1997 Spectator A coach and horses was driven through one of the guiding principles of American statecraft.
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drive a coach and ˈhorses through something

succeed in avoiding certain rules, conditions, etc. in an obvious and important way, without being punished: The wage increase we’ve been given is three times the government’s limit. We’ve driven a coach and horses right through their pay policy.


n. a mobile snack truck. (The term was revived in the Persian Gulf War.) The roach-coach pulled up in front of the dorm every night about eleven.
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But coaches sometimes pick people up the wrong way and if that was the case, well, I like to think that I'm very coachable and listen.
He's very coachable in the ring and his athletic talent is amazing.
Obama gets the highest score as a coachable leader.
She's very coachable," said Gillespie, the former Oregon assistant coach and South Eugene head coach.
When you have a younger team, it's nice that one of your better players is very coachable and I think he's been a great example to the younger kids in showing them how to about your business and work hard," Richards said.
There's a higher premium on their paying attention and being coachable, because practice is going to move very fast," Bellotti said.
He's an incredibly coachable player and totally committed.
These guys are very, very coachable, and they're buying into what we're doing.
There's good chemistry and the kids are extremely coachable.
Phil is one of the most coachable kids I have ever been around,'' said Broneer, also a math teacher at Canyon.
The panel is one more group of people who now understand that the SAT is extremely coachable," says John Katzman, president of The Princeton Review.
Further, the New SAT is 45 minutes longer, over 40% more expensive, and twice as coachable (in fact, The Princeton Review has doubled its average score improvement guarantee to 200 points).
He was a very coachable kid who followed directions well and was a hard worker," Mr.