warhorse, a (an old)

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warhorse

n. a tough old thing, person, or idea. What time does the old warhorse’s train get in, and how long is she staying this time?

warhorse, a (an old)

An experienced veteran; also, a reliably popular attraction. This term originated in the mid-seventeenth century, when it literally meant a battle-scarred military charger. By the nineteenth century it had been transferred to experienced officers, such as the Confederate General James Longstreet, who was nicknamed the War Horse, as well as to veterans of political and other struggles. Using the second meaning, in 1990 a New York Times music critic wrote, “The first half of the orchestral program consisted of warhorses.”
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Thirdly, when the knights present had accomplished their vow, by each of them breaking five lances, the Prince was to declare the victor in the first day's tourney, who should receive as prize a warhorse of exquisite beauty and matchless strength; and in addition to this reward of valour, it was now declared, he should have the peculiar honour of naming the Queen of Love and Beauty, by whom the prize should be given on the ensuing day.
You referred to children," Lebeziatnikov started off like a warhorse at the trumpet call.
He learns to become a squire, acquires a warhorse, and gets fitted with armor.