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dray horse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dray horse horse adapted for drawing heavy loads
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dray horse a heavy, strong horse used in drawing a dray.
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Usage

In literature:

We purchased a strong one-horse dray which we loaded with about 10 cwt.
"Five Years in New Zealand" by Robert B. Booth
Those fellows want a couple of dray-horses to carry them.
"A Dash from Diamond City" by George Manville Fenn
These engines are the heavy dray-horses of the line, express engines being the racers.
"The Iron Horse" by R.M. Ballantyne
And the horses that went by our windows had mostly drays behind them, so they were not very tempting.
"Three Margarets" by Laura E. Richards
Three or four negroes followed with my baggage to the nearest store, where I got a two-horse car, or dray, just put upon duty for the day.
"Impressions of America" by Tyrone Power
That man had he lived in Oliver's time would have made a capital ironside, especially if mounted on one of those dray horses of his.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
The horses under the heavy drays pulled their loads as if they were not heavy.
"Mary, Mary" by James Stephens
The drays for the intended journey were packed, and the horses put to.
"The Young Berringtons" by W.H.G. Kingston
Compare, for instance, the head and limbs of a dray and race-horse, or of a greyhound and mastiff.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
I could not very well ride a horse unless it were a dray-horse; but then I have no partiality for horse exercise.
"Maori and Settler" by G. A. Henty
He leaned against a filing-case like a heavy dray horse which had come to a final stop.
"Whispering Wires" by Henry Leverage
Waters's horse and dray.
"Nevermore" by Rolf Boldrewood
He had already an offer for a horse and dray.
"Missing Friends" by Thorvald Weitemeyer
Communications were constantly kept up between the station and the railway, by means of waggons, or drays and saddle-horses.
"From Squire to Squatter" by Gordon Stables
You can at least command a horse and dray, can be generalissimo of them and may carve out a fortune with them.
"Famous American Statesmen" by Sarah Knowles Bolton
He crossed under the very nose-bag of a stationed dray horse.
"The Literary Sense" by E. Nesbit
You will want a dray-horse to carry you soon.
"Sporting Society, Vol. II (of 2)" by Various
In the pastures were colts as huge as dray-horses, shaking the earth in their clumsy play.
"Yellowstone Nights" by Herbert Quick
A line of vans and drays without their horses occupied an open space in violation of the law.
"On the Lightship" by Herman Knickerbocker Vielé
Janet was the dray horse of the family, and therefore could not be turned away: she was too useful to Mrs. Knox to be parted with.
"Johnny Ludlow, Third Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
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In poetry:

Children mothered by the street:
Shouting, flouting, roaring after
Passers-by with gibes and laughter,
Diving between horses' feet,
In and out of drays and barrows,
Recklessly, like London sparrows.
"The Street-Children's Dance" by Mathilde Blind
If you travel on the road, and chance to stick in Bargo,
To avoid a bad capsise, you must unload your cargo;
For to pull a dray about, I do not see the force on,
Take a bit of green hide, and hook another horse on.
"Stringy Bark and Green Hide" by Anonymous Oceania