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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!
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.
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.
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?
one-horse towna small town with few and poor facilities. informal
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.
n. a very small town; a small and backward town. I refuse to spend a whole week in that 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.