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    "It was,to abuse the euphemism,a run down show pony."

    Can anyone explain the sentence?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: show pony

    Without any context, my guess would be that it implies something that was originally smart and of quality has become worn out.

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    Re: show pony

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Without any context, my guess would be that it implies something that was originally smart and of quality has become worn out.
    I think Anglika must be right, but I don't understand the line quoted. The context must explain why either 'run down' or 'show pony' is a euphemism. 'Run down' could be a euphemism for 'knackered' - which would be appropriate if the pony in question was a real pony ('the knacker's yard' was a pace where horses were slaughtered, and 'knackered' has come to mean 'completely exhausted' - often used of people, informally: 'I've been shopping all day, and I feel completely knackered'). But the metaphor 'show pony' needn't always be applied to ponies.

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    Re: show pony

    "It was,to abuse the euphemism,a run down show pony."

    There is an expression, "a dog and pony show" which is used to describe an elaborate show or presentation.

    "The tour of his new house turned out to be a dog and pony show."

    "Their business presentation was a real dog and pony show."

    So . . . to "abuse" the euphenism (saying) is to turn it around, hence, the "run down show pony."

    Just guessing. Maybe the context would explain more.

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