Definitions

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  • n. An apparent gift, that has substantial associated costs.

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  • n. a gift (usually of inferior quality) that should be accepted uncritically

Etymologies

From the economics of horse ownership, in which an aging horse of declining value continues to require feeding and stabling. Possibly influenced by the proverb don't look a gift horse in the mouth. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "One does not bite the coin of the honoured stranger, Gul Shah," was what he said, meaning you don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

    Flashman

Comments

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  • Safer not to inspect either end too closely. The poor beastie could have been feagued or bishopped. Or both.

    (See, I really have learned something on Wordie - a year ago, I didn't know either of those words)

    January 5, 2008

  • Yes. Those people.

    January 5, 2008

  • Who says that? These people?

    January 5, 2008

  • I think you may be looking at the wrong end, there, bilby.

    January 5, 2008

  • It's just What They Say.

    January 5, 2008

  • Eewww, then I'll be sure to avoid looking it anywhere.

    January 5, 2008

  • No, it just resembles John Kerry.

    January 5, 2008

  • Why not? Does it bite?

    January 5, 2008

  • Don't look it in the mouth.

    January 5, 2008