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one-horse town

A very small and unremarkable town that is typically regarded as dull or boring. I can't wait to graduate high school and get out of this boring, one-horse town!
See also: town
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

one-horse town

Fig. a very small town; a small and backward town. I refuse to spend a whole week in that one-horse town! I grew up in a one-horse town, and I liked it very much.
See also: town
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

one-horse town

A small and unimportant place, as in Ours was just a one-horse town until the nuclear plant was built. This expression, first recorded in 1857, presumably alluded to a town so small that a single horse would suffice for its transportation needs.
See also: town
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a one-horse town

If you describe a town as a one-horse town, you mean that it is very small and uninteresting. This place is something of a one-horse town, but you can always take a boat across to the island. Would you want to spend your whole life in a small one-horse town?
See also: town
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

one-horse town

a small town with few and poor facilities. informal
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

a one-horse ˈtown

(informal) a small, boring town where nothing happens: The President likes to remind people that he grew up in a small one-horse town in the Midwest.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

one-horse town

n. a very small town; a small and backward town. I refuse to spend a whole week in that one-horse town!
See also: town
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

one-horse town

A small, unimportant place. The term, which dates from the mid-1800s, presumably alludes to a town so small that a single horse would be enough for its needs. Long a cliché, the expression may be dying out. See also boonies; Podunk.
See also: town
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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