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a large heavily built horse kept for pulling carts or carriages
Historical Examples

Some short time afterwards a carthorse was found in the fields stabbed in several places, though, fortunately, not severely.
Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies

A trout would not wobble and tug in that sullen, carthorse manner.
Lines in Pleasant Places William Senior

There was a concussion, and the black horse came staggering sideways, and the carthorse pushed beside it.
The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells

He was as big as a carthorse, as graceful as a dray and as meek as a missionary.
At Good Old Siwash George Fitch

The carthorse she calls herself, but not of your family surely, for you are like wild Arab colt.
Polly the Pagan Isabel Anderson

Nothing will make them move faster—like whipping a carthorse into a gallop; it soon dies away in the old jog-trot.
The Hills and the Vale Richard Jefferies


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