Use These 5 Horse Idioms, and a Show Called Baskets

Today I’ll talk about 5 idioms natives say related to horses (but none of them are actually about horses!).

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Horses. I was never a horse-girl. However, I just got into a new TV series that I’ve been wanting to see forever, and one of the characters works at the rodeo. Find out more at the end of this lesson!

5 Horsey Idioms

Hold your horses- wait; be patient

This first came about in 800 BC, in Homer’s Iliad. He said, ‘You drive like a maniac! Hold your horses!’

Horsesh*&- less common way to say something is bullsh%$, or a lie

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth- If you get a gift, or something for free, or something good happens, don’t ask too many questions. Just accept it and be happy with your good fortune.

I’m so hungry I could eat a horse- We say this when we’re super hungry.

On a high horse- to be arrogant and act superior to others

You can say:

Get off your high horse.

He’s on his high horse about winning first place last year.

Comment on this video! Use one of today’s idioms in the comments section below, and I’ll tell you if you’re using it correctly!

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Pop Culture R&R

So, I got a notification from Spotify that I could get a free Hulu membership with my subscription, so, of course, I went for it immediately! I didn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, you could say.

I was so stoked to find a show on there that I’ve been wanting to watch for a couple years called Baskets, starring Zach Galifianakis and Louie Anderson.

It was created by Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel, who also directs and co-writes for Portlandia.

Galifianakis is one of my favorite comedians- you should check out Between Two Ferns to see his unique style. He stars in Baskets as twin brothers, Chip and Dale Baskets. All Chip wants to be is a clown, and he works at a rodeo in Bakersfield, California. Louie Anderson, who was a famous comedian a few decades ago, makes a comeback here playing Chip and Dale’s mom.

It started airing in 2016, and in 2017 C.K.’s production company cut ties with the show after he admitted to  sexually harassing several women. However, the show endured, and is entering its fourth season on FX. The first two seasons are on Hulu.

Here’s the trailer for season 1:


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