old warhorse

(old) warhorse

1. A veteran of some activity or profession (not necessarily the military) who has a wealth of experience going through various trials and tribulations. I know she's a little eccentric, but Janet is a warhorse in this firm—she's been through more trying court cases than anyone else here. The president's pick for Secretary of State is an old war horse of international trade. The guy's captained three different championship-winning teams. He's a warhorse whose years of playoff experience will make our team exponentially better.
2. A performance or dramatic work, especially a musical, that is widely known and reliably popular owing to how long or frequently it has been performed. The announcement that the old warhorse was being revived for a run on Broadway sent a collective cheer across the nation. The theater has a few warhorses that it brings out once or twice a year that it knows will always fill seats. If we trot out some of those old warhorses before the year is out, I think we can move out of the red financially.
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*old warhorse

a performance piece that is performed often. (*Typically: be ~; become ~; perform ~; play ~.) The symphony orchestra played a few old warhorses and then some ghastly contemporary stuff that will never again see the light of day.
See also: old, warhorse
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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