unhorse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v unhorse alight from (a horse)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Unhorse To throw from a horse; to cause to dismount; also, to take a horse or horses from; as, to unhorse a rider; to unhorse a carriage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unhorse To throw or strike down from a horse; cause to dismount or fall from the saddle.
    • unhorse To deprive of a horse or horses; remove the horse or horses from.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Unhorse un-hors′ to cause to come off or to throw from a horse.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1st pref. un-, + horse,

Usage

In literature:

After unhorsing him they at least dragged him back for some little distance before they picked him up.
"Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders Among the Kentucky Mountaineers" by Jessie Graham Flower
Upset carts, and unhorsed huntsmen, were seen in all directions.
"Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II." by Pierce Egan
Only after a long, fierce fight did the Champion unhorse and slay this valiant knight.
"With Spurs of Gold" by Frances Nimmo Greene
Horses reared, and plunged, and knocked down those men who had become unhorsed.
"The Hero of Ticonderoga" by John de Morgan
Besides the misfortune of being unhorsed and wounded, the battle itself went that day against the king.
"William the Conqueror" by Jacob Abbott
Once I was half unhorsed.
"The Brass Bell" by Eugène Sue
Rather that than let the first insane capering of his intellect unhorse him and leave him gibbering after a vanished mount.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
D'Eyncourt was slain, Grey was unhorsed and taken.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
My brothers have both been unhorsed.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
By the laws of such a tilt a knight unhorsed, or forced across the boundary, became a prisoner, and could fight no longer.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
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In poetry:

But when we bid the band retire,
And the Sun unhorse his cars,
We hear an empyrean choir
And see-the Silent Stars.
"Evensong" by Bernard O Dowd
Great is the facile conqueror;
Yet haply he, who, wounded sore,
Breathless, unhorsed, all covered o'er
With blood and sweat,
Sinks foiled, but fighting evermore,—
Is greater yet.
"In Laleham Churchyard" by William Watson