Definition of Horse sense

1. Noun. Sound practical judgment. "Fortunately she had the good sense to run away"

Exact synonyms: Common Sense, Good Sense, Gumption, Mother Wit, Sense
Generic synonyms: Discernment, Judgement, Judgment, Sagaciousness, Sagacity
Specialized synonyms: Logic, Nous, Road Sense
Derivative terms: Commonsensical, Sense

Definition of Horse sense

1. Noun. (idiomatic) Common sense, especially with a connotation of folk wisdom independent from, and trumping, formal education. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Horse Sense

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horse of a different colour
horse of the wood
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horse operas
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horse pistol
horse power
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horse race
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horse racing
horse radish
horse sense (current term)
horse thistle
horse tick
horse trade
horse trader
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horse trailer
horse whip
horse whisperer
horse whisperers
horse wrangler
horseback rider

Literary usage of Horse sense

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1. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"horse sense. Practical good sense. 1833 He's a man of good strong horse sense. ... 1845 He is an odd genius, and withal has good horse sense. ..."

2. History of California by Theodore Henry Hittell (1898)
"It was their boast that they were endowed with common sense or "horse sense," as they usually expressed it, and that they could not be cajoled by ..."

3. A Hundred Battles in the West: St. Louis to Atlanta, 1861-65. The Second by Marshall P. Thatcher (1884)
"Lincoln had been assassinated. horse sense. Instances of the animal intelligence of the horse were- almost too common in the army to be commented upon, ..."

4. Report of the Joint Committee of the Senate and Assembly of the State of New by Edwin A. Merritt, Edwin A. Merritt, Jr (1911)
"... a lot of companies in business to-day would have been wiped out; but they got an opportunity to recover, because of his good horse sense and judgment; ..."

5. Practical Helps for the Electric Railway Shop, Track, Power, Line and (1919)
"An Extreme Case of Failure to Apply "Horse-Sense." On one important transmission line there was a stretch of rolling ground having a distance from top to ..."

6. Friendship: And Other Poems by B. H. Nadal (1916)
"Did they have horse sense gumption or real blood in their veins ? You bet it jolts the system — this foreign school book trash, But US must digest it if ..."

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