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frighten the horses

To cause dismay or distress. While we're staying with your grandparents, please don't say anything to frighten the horses.
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frighten the horses

cause consternation or dismay; shock.
1996 Independent No matter the inadvertent hurt or crass provocation or outright insult, bite your tongue, be pleasant, be polite, don't frighten the horses.
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I am overwhelmed by a need to shout at the screen: "Stop frightening the horses!" Mind you, with horses the judge will merely point, because the creature would undoubtedly lash out if it was given a surprise slap on the bum - and said judge would end up in hospital.
The office is highly unlikely to manifest itself before June 23 for fear of frightening the horses. Corpus juris is a repressive legal system which will almost certainly be imposed upon us should we be foolish enough to vote to remain within the benighted EU.
Coming to power in 1997, Labour, to avoid frightening the horses, said it would stick to Conservative spending plans for a while, but then reverted to type with a tremendous hike in public spending, so that by about 2004/5 it was running annual deficits of PS40 to PS50bn.
When you've finished being a hooligan with the SL63 and stopped frightening the horses with the V8's gorgeous noise, you can sit back and relax in one of the best made and relaxing roadsters ever.
Here, he learns that good taste is about fitting in, being appropriate and not frightening the horses rather than selfexpression - which is probably why he dresses as a man rather than a woman for much of the programme.
about frightening the horses. A number of states are, as I write this, considering bills that would repeal existing laws against concealed carry on campus.
AT the end of a year in whichhe lost both his Cheeky Girl fiancee and his chance to become President of the Liberal Democrats, Lembit Opik has come to the conclusion that he may be frightening the horses.
This is not a question of frightening the horses, the group's chairman Alistair Watson said.
A welsh lumberjack has gone on trial accused of injuring four pony trekkers by felling an 85ft tree and frightening the horses they were riding.
Rhodri Morgan always took the view that Labour should push radical policies as far as they could be pushed without frightening the horses - the horses being the powerful investors and currency speculators who can damage the prospects of any government that wants to bring real change to the social order.
Here, he learns that the name of the game is fitting in, being appropriate and not frightening the horses rather than self-expression - which is probably why he dresses as a man rather than a woman for much of the programme.
Goodhew reported: "They were very much out to cause a disturbance and quite clearly they were frightening the horses. One was quite receptive, but the other wasn't.
Things are surely moving in the right direction when the music of Alban Berg can be safely programmed in the opening concert of Symphony Hall's new International Season without frightening the horses.
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