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Part of speech: verb

Origin: Middle English, 14th century


Cause to fall from a horse.


To disrupt or unseat; to remove from a position.

Examples of Unhorse in a sentence

"For years, the tech industry has wondered what new product will unhorse the smartphone."

"In 2022, Aaron Judge unhorsed Roger Maris to take the AL record for the most home runs in a season of Major League Baseball."

About Unhorse

“Unhorse” comes from the Middle English “unhorsen,” combining “un-“ with “horse.”

Did you Know?

In the days of knights fighting wars on horseback, it was a bad thing to be knocked off one’s horse. Regardless of whether or not he was wearing a suit of armor, a knight was far safer on horseback, where he was able to move — and escape — quickly. Unhorsing a knight took away much of his power as a soldier, in the same way that in the modern sense of the word, unhorsing a person, product, or idea takes away most of its popularity. For example, in recent years, cellular telephones unhorsed landlines as the most popular form of home phones.

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