Gift-horse definition

Attributive form of gift horse.

Gift-horse inspection.

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(idiomatic) An apparent gift, that has substantial associated costs.
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Noun

Singular:
gift-horse
Plural:
gift-horses

Origin of gift-horse

  • From the economics of horse ownership, in which an aging horse of declining value continues to require feeding and stabling. Possibly influenced by the proverb don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

    From Wiktionary