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one-horse town

A very small and unremarkable town that is typically regarded as dull or boring. I can't wait to graduate high school and get out of this boring, one-horse town!
See also: town
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

one-horse town

Fig. a very small town; a small and backward town. I refuse to spend a whole week in that one-horse town! I grew up in a one-horse town, and I liked it very much.
See also: town
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

one-horse town

A small and unimportant place, as in Ours was just a one-horse town until the nuclear plant was built. This expression, first recorded in 1857, presumably alluded to a town so small that a single horse would suffice for its transportation needs.
See also: town
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a one-horse town

If you describe a town as a one-horse town, you mean that it is very small and uninteresting. This place is something of a one-horse town, but you can always take a boat across to the island. Would you want to spend your whole life in a small one-horse town?
See also: town
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

one-horse town

a small town with few and poor facilities. informal
See also: town
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

a one-horse ˈtown

(informal) a small, boring town where nothing happens: The President likes to remind people that he grew up in a small one-horse town in the Midwest.
See also: town
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

one-horse town

n. a very small town; a small and backward town. I refuse to spend a whole week in that one-horse town!
See also: town
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

one-horse town

A small, unimportant place. The term, which dates from the mid-1800s, presumably alludes to a town so small that a single horse would be enough for its needs. Long a cliché, the expression may be dying out. See also boonies; Podunk.
See also: town
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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I've been to one horse towns with better facilities than this city, so well done Sir Geoffrey and at least you can blame someone else now.
These days it's down to the wee one horse towns that no one has ever heard of unless they live in them.