Straight From The Horse’S Mouth

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Straight From The Horse’S Mouth

  1. 1. ANIMAL IDIOM 10
  2. 2. “ Straight from the horse’s mouth”
  3. 3. Meaning: <ul><li>To get information from someone who is involved in it and knows a lot about it. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: 'Are you sure she's leaving?' 'Definitely, I heard it straight from the horse's mouth, she told me‘a moment ago” </li></ul><ul><li>Origin: </li></ul><ul><li>In horse racing circles tips on which horse is a likely winner circulate amongst punters. The most trusted authorities are considered to be those in closest touch with the recent form of the horse, i.e. stable lads, trainers etc. The notional 'from the horse's mouth' is supposed to indicate one step better than even that inner circle, i.e. the horse itself. </li></ul>
  4. 4. More examples: <ul><li>“ I got it straight from the horses mouth that there are only 15 days left in this school year?&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I got a tip yesterday, and if it wasn't straight from the horse's mouth it was jolly well the next thing to it.&quot; </li></ul>

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