another term for common sense
1832, American English colloquial, from horse (n.), perhaps in referfence to the animal’s qualities, or the abilites of hostlers and coachmen with the animals, perhaps from the same association of “strong, large, coarse” found in horseradish.
Good sense and shrewdness: horse sense needed before taking on something like that (1832+)
Sound practical sense, as in She’s got too much horse sense to believe his story. The exact allusion in this term, which dates from the mid-1800s, is disputed, since some regard horses as rather stupid. However, they tended to be viewed more positively in the American West, where the term originated.
[hawrs-shit, hawrsh-] /ˈhɔrsˌʃɪt, ˈhɔrʃ-/ Slang: Vulgar. noun 1. nonsense, lies, or exaggeration. 2. tedious, annoying, or unreasonable chores, demands, regulations, or the like. interjection 3. (used to express disbelief, incredulity, etc.) /ˈhɔːsˌʃɪt/ noun 1. (slang) rubbish; nonsense interjection An exclamation of disbelief, disapproval, and contempt: Horseshit! I’ll never believe that modifier (also horsebleep): Superstar! What […]
[hawrs-shoo, hawrsh-] /ˈhɔrsˌʃu, ˈhɔrʃ-/ noun 1. a U -shaped metal plate, plain or with calks, nailed to a horse’s hoof to protect it from being injured by hard or rough surfaces. 2. something U -shaped, as a valley, river bend, or other natural feature: We picnicked in the middle of a horseshoe of trees. 3. […]
- Horseshit and gunsmoke
noun phrase Excitement and confusion; chaos [1970s+ Army; fr an evocation of a cavalry skirmish or a cowboys-and-Indians battle]
noun, Furniture. 1. a bow back having a slight outward splay at its bottom.