ridden hard and put away wet

ridden hard and put away wet

Primarily heard in US.
1. Of a horse, ridden until a lather of sweat has formed, then put into the stable without having been dried. (More often seen with "rode.") You've always got to make sure you let your horse cool down after a race—you don't want her to be ridden hard and put away wet. Judging by all the health issues this horse is dealing with, I'd say she was ridden hard and put away wet too often.
2. By extension, mistreated, especially through a lack of care or improper use. When I inspected it up close, I could see that the bike was ridden hard and put away wet.
3. Physically, emotionally, or mentally tired and worn out. You OK, Tom? You're looking ridden hard and put away wet. That old-timer must have had a long, tough life, because he looks ridden hard and put away wet.
See also: and, away, hard, put, ridden, wet
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