What does 'Beating a dead horse' mean?
If someone is trying to convince people to do or feel something without any hope of succeeding, they're beating a dead horse. This is used when someone is trying to raise interest in an issue that no-one supports anymore; beating a dead horse will not make it do any more work.
Idioms similar to 'Beating a dead horse'
- Flogging a dead horse
- Eat like a horse
- Could eat a horse
- Horse trading
- Horse of a different color
- Healthy as a horse
- Stalking horse
- Charley horse
- From the horse's mouth
- Dark horse
- On your high horse
- There's a dead cat on the line
- Dead duck
- Dead as a dodo
- Dead cat bounce
- Putting the cart before the horse
- Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
- Short horse soon curried
- Back the wrong horse
- Close the stable door after the horse has bolted
- Lock the stable door after the horse has bolted
- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink
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