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May someone explain to me what this sentence means? :
" If a man does not already belong to the horsy set, he may rather rudely be told to get off his high horse". I suppose it has an idiomatic or figurative meaning.
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"Horsey set" usually refers to someone who is devoted to horses, a breeder, a racer, a jumper, etc. The expression "high horse" refers to someone who is arrogant. The connection between the two is not readily apparent. Do you have more context?
Hm. That's funny. I've already answered this one.
This is an expression known as a witticism, which means a clever remark.
The horsey set is the group of rich people who breed, race, and show horses.
To be on a high horse is to moralize loudly. Picture a general on a horse giving orders to an army.
The quote means that people who aren't powerful are often challenged for their beliefs. It also implies that the powerful can say anything and get away with it.
Last edited by Rover_KE; 23-Aug-2014 at 20:36. Reason: Deleting '=O'. Please stop doing that, Charlie.
I found the sentence in a text about people and animals, or rather about idioms relating to animals. This is the real context; "A dog howls or bays to the moon, and a bad singer does the same when he does not seem to please his audience. If a man does not already belong to the horsy set, he may rather rudely be told to get off his high horse. And how nice pony's tails look on some girls!".
I hope it will be helpful to find out the real connection between the two expressions.
Thanks to everyone.