dead horse


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dead horse

1. Something—especially an issue or topic—that is no longer of any use or relevance (as used in the phrase "beat/flog a dead horse"). The President's pledge to overhaul the education system became something of a dead horse after the economy crashed. We've all moved on from that problem, so there's no use beating a dead horse.
2. dated A seaman who incurs debt for wages paid in advance. Countless men became dead horses on their ships, trapped paying off debts that were in themselves incurred to pay off other debts, in an endless cycle.
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dead horse

n. a dead issue, especially one that is referred to continually. (Often with beat, whip.) Forget it! Don’t waste time whipping a dead horse.
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I have seen dead horses, and I am sure they do not suffer pain; I wish I may drop down dead at my work, and not be sent off to the knackers."
At the same moment the gun exploded behind him, the ammunition blew up, there was fire all about him, and he found himself lying under a heap of charred dead men and dead horses.
Thus Achmet Zek advanced until he had come opposite the dead horse of his enemy.
Tarzan stepped over the dead horse and the girl lying behind him gazed in wide-eyed astonishment at the handsome figure driving an angry lion deliberately from its kill.
cared for the dead horse which had helped him win a battle.
But this objection likewise falls to the ground, because a German exegetist supposes that Jonah must have taken refuge in the floating body of a dead whale -- even as the French soldiers in the Russian campaign turned their dead horses into tents, and crawled into them.
"You see, then, that I gained four upon him; and yet Porthos is a staunch horseman, and he has left on the road eight dead horses, whose bodies I came to successively.
Certain priests, whom he describes as conversing very learnedly together, appeared to the children who were at some distance, like dead horses; and many the like misappearances.
To break the cyclic nature of pastoral livelihood losses, communities concerned should dismount the dead horse. Because, appointing committees to study the horse, or arranging to visit other countries to see how they ride their dead horses will not help mitigate the impacts of drought on livestock.
"Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had said about the Muslim League that it is a dead horse. Today, his great-grandson comes to ride on the back of that dead horse.
He said there was a deficit of trust regarding the issue of the Kalabagh dam and appreciated an opposition member for highlighting conspiracies to give a new lease of life to the 'dead horse' as the project was generally termed.
"Flog a dead horse" would be "feed a fed horse" and "kill two birds with one stone" is "feed two birds with one scone".
KARACHI -- Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh for Information and Archives, Law and Anticorruption Barrister Murtaza Wahab has said that to the submit joint resolution by the opposition against construction of Kalabagh Dam in Sindh Assembly is nothing but to get cheap publicity because Kala Bagh Dam is a dead horse. In a statement here, he said the Sindh Assembly had already passed resolution against construction of Kala Bagh Dam and other two assemblies have also rejected the project.
KARACHI -- Adviser to Chief Minister Sindh for Law and Anticorruption Barrister Murtaza Wahab has said submitting a resolution against the construction of Kalabagh Dam in Sindh Assembly from joint opposition is nothing but a step to get cheap publicity because Kalabagh Dam is a dead issue as well as dead horse.
The Dakota Indians of North America passed on this piece of wisdom to generations by word of mouth - 'If you are riding a dead horse, the best thing to do is dismount'.