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the horse's mouth

A source of information regarded as original or unimpeachable.
See also: mouth

the horse's mouth

The source of a truthful or honest statement. A likely origin of the phrase is how a horse's age can be determined with a fair degree of accuracy by the number, length, and shape of its teeth. A seller might exaggerate an animal's age, but the merchandise's mouth would reveal the truth.
See also: mouth
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8) Adjust the length of the face strap so there are one or two wrinkles at the corner of the horse's mouth.
Noddy assures me this tail is straight from the horse's mouth but personally I fancy it's from the other end .
I felt becoming a governor was a real opportunity to find out from the horse's mouth what was happening at the school and how it is performing.
In a survey of 100 suppliers they'd have heard evidence from the horse's mouth that they simply won't get from this inquiry.
While he may take a while to test-drive samples, with the level of contacts and experience Tanoc is developing these days, foreign firms wanting to get into Japan will be dealing direct with the horse's mouth, not the other end, in getting feedback about whether their products will make it in Japan.
As to whether ID is religious, we can go straight to the horse's mouth to verify this.
Friends, relatives, people can tell you how to buy houses, but you really need to hear it from the horse's mouth.
It doesn't bother me but I feel the fans deserve to hear the story from the horse's mouth.
No need to speculate about the sexual orientation of the Rawhide Kid, a cowboy that Marvel Comics brought out (but not "out," of course) in 1957: Word of the Kid's sexual orientation came straight from the horse's mouth, metaphorically speaking, that of editor-in-chief Joe Quesada, who declared simply: "This is going to be the first gay Western.
Title: Straight from the Horse's Mouth - How to Talk to Animals and Hear Them Talk back Author: Amelia Kinkale Published by: Thornson (an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers) ISBN: 0-00-7123490-3 Price: GBP9.
Always get downloadable programs from the horse's mouth.
For me the most impressive contribution is Chandler Kirwin's "The Bubble Reputation: In the Cannon's and the Horse's Mouth.
Trained as an artist, he brought his understanding of a painter's problems to his best - known novel, The Horse's Mouth, the third novel in a trilogy that also included Herself Surprised (1941) and To Be a Pilgrim (1942).
WSL does not rewrite press releases; instead, you get the latest information on the biggest developments in the trading technology market straight from the horse's mouth.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Nov 25 (ANI): Miley Cyrus is "not" pregnant and the words are coming straight from the horse's mouth.