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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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References in classic literature ?
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.
EFFORTS are underway to track down the owner of a dead horse, which washed up on the coast of the Seef District.
Summary: New Delhi [India], October 19 (ANI): Congress on Wednesday observed that Bharatiya Janata Party raising the Bofors case is like flogging the dead horse.
dead horse found lying in river A dead horse has been found in the River Calder in Dewsbury.
LAHORE -- Vice Chairman of Pakistan Tehrik Insaaf Shah Mahmood Qureshi has termed the parliamentary committee on TORs as dead horse and said it cannot find a solution.
Several theatre works--Geography of a Horse Dreamer (1974), True West (1980), Simpatico (1994)--and the 1988 film Far North had previously shown the American playwright's longstanding fascination with horses, but none of them until the opening in 2007 of Kicking a Dead Horse had brought a dead equine to the stage.
Here, over the course of two and a half hours, he's mauled by a grizzly, witnesses the murder of his son, is buried alive and then takes shelter in the belly of a dead horse.
Police, the report states, received and investigated a call of a dead horse at Otter River Road on March 14.
In another strong story, "Dead Horse Productions," the main character, Bill, finds himself in a similarly helpless situation: trying to remove a dead horse from an icy field.
We were sort of flogging a dead horse," Sunshine Coast Daily quoted her as saying.
I haven't thought much about the Lakota since then, but recent events have reminded me of a phrase often attributed to those accomplished Lakota horsemen: "If you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.
Last year, a dead horse had to be removed from the River Ely after it had got into difficulties crossing the river from Plymouth woods where the horses have got grazing rights.