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horse sense

Common sense. I'm not surprised he got hurt—that kid doesn't have the horse sense to get out of a dangerous situation.
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horse sense

Fig. common sense; practical thinking. Bob is no scholar but he has a lot of horse sense. Horse sense tells me I should not be involved in that project.
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horse sense

Sound practical sense, as in She's got too much horse sense to believe his story. The exact allusion in this term, which dates from the mid-1800s, is disputed, since some regard horses as rather stupid. However, they tended to be viewed more positively in the American West, where the term originated.
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horse sense

Good common sense. The origin of this Americanism is a matter of dispute, since there is considerable disagreement concerning the native intelligence of horses. Some think they are rather stupid animals, although it is generally conceded that they have enough sense to return to their barn whenever they have a chance. Others believe the shrewdness denoted by horse sense is possessed principally by horse traders, who are well known for that quality. In any event, the term originated in the first half of the nineteenth century in the American West and was still considered relatively new in 1870, when it was defined in an issue of The Nation, although it had appeared in print a number of times from 1833 on. Comedian W. C. Fields supposedly said, “Horse sense is a good judgment that keeps horses from betting on people.”
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And yet there are still some pretty daft things happening in the marketplace that need only a little horse sense to discover and a little more horse sense to put right.
Major Jack was a common man magnified as oracle, a Yankee full of horse sense and wise saws, and a threadbare office seeker exposing follies in a "mobocracy." Shameless pirating of Smith's invention led to the author's collection of the letters in book form, the last volume being published in 1859 under the title My Thirty Years Out of the Senate.
Deming knew better, declaring: "We don't have customers in education Don't forget your horse sense" (Deming 1993a).
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That's good old-fashioned horse sense, baseball horse sense."
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HORSE SENSE: Mr G Sutton with his somewhat reluctant grandson, John, and two prize-winning animals at the 1953 Honley Show - best agricultural mare Peggy and best foal Buttercup.
It was Fields who said, "horse sense is the thing a horse has that keeps it from betting on people".
Sick of punters complaining about wet weather when they pop out for a puff, he used his horse sense to turn an old horse-box into a smoking shelter.
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