horses for courses

horses for courses

An expression indicating that people should be chosen for jobs or roles based on their particular experience, strengths, or skill set. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Horses for courses. You can't expect James to take to rugby straight away—he's a cricket player.
See also: course, horse

horses for courses

BRITISH
People use horses for courses to mean that people and things have different qualities and skills and so are suitable in different situations. Mr Franks said that it was a question of horses for courses and Len Freeman would concentrate on the advertising side of the business. It's horses for courses. We have to use different ways of working, at different speeds, for different types of decisions. Note: Horses for courses is also used before nouns to talk about a situation where people or things are chosen because of the particular qualities or skills that they have. Some workers are better at operating the machines than others. So you have a horses for courses situation. Note: Some horses are especially suited to particular kinds of races or conditions.
See also: course, horse

horses for courses

different people are suited to different things or situations.
The earliest recorded instance of this expression, in A. E. T. Watson's Turf ( 1891 ), suggests its origin: ‘A familiar phrase on the turf is “horses for courses”…the Brighton Course is very like Epsom, and horses that win at one meeting often win at the other’.
1989 Guardian It's a question of horses for courses, finding the best route forward and adopting the practices to fit that rather than bulldozing your way through without perhaps realising the wider environment in which this needs to work.
See also: course, horse

ˌhorses for ˈcourses

(British English) people or things should only be used for the purpose which they are most suitable for: I think Johnson would be much better for this job. It’s a question of horses for courses.
This expression refers to the fact that horses race better on a track that suits them.
See also: course, horse
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The National is my favourite event on the racing calendar and I have to say it is all about horses for courses.
In these types of tournaments we should go with horses for courses," he said.
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Hereafter it might need to rethink its bowling strategy by choosing horses for courses.
Horses For Courses is a DiY gem, and I mean that very much as a compliment not patronising in any way.
From practical tips on working with, choosing, and laying down the law to a trainer, to properly managing a racehorse farm, to thrilling tales of the author's greatest hits and misses in the racehorse industry, Horses for Courses seamlessly blends elements of memoir and how-to guide into a fascinating whole.
I have always been a believer in horses for courses.
It's all about horses for courses in the Third Division and Swansea City have certainly nabbed themselves a player capable of jumping a few footballing hurdles next season.
Left: Germany's Sven Hannawald taking a practice jump during training at the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Park CityAbove right: Italian maitre d's test the water during a course to learn about the correct mineral waters to be served with different foodsRight: Horses for courses - participants get to grips with the ground during the skijoring event of the White Turf Horse Race on the frozen lake at St Moritz, Switzerland
It's horses for courses so we'll make some changes if we feel it is necessary," Smith said.
The rider was none the worse for his ordeal WHAT THEY SAID 'I was wondering beforehand that five furlongs might be a bit short for her, and I continued to wonder during the race' Trainer Mark Johnston after Miss Rosie broke her duck in game style in the juvenile maiden TURNED OUT NICE It was a good day for groom Beverley Kendall, who works for David Nicholls, as she won two best-turned-out awards HORSES FOR COURSES The 6f sprint at Brighton, won by Bermondsey Bob, was a real battle of the course specialists with seven of the eight-runner field having won a total of 16 races at the track