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.
horses for coursesBRITISH
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.
horses for coursesdifferent 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.
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.