from The Century Dictionary.

  • Made for or used with a pair of horses: as, pair-horse harness, a double harness.


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  • I arrived at King City over-night, and my old school pal, who had asked me to pay him a visit, met me at the Central Saloon early next morning -- so early, that we had breakfasted and were off in a pair-horse buckboard by seven o'clock.

    Adventures in Many Lands Various

  • Candidates are constantly occupied in driving all over the borough in pair-horse carriages, lavishly decorated with the party colours, orange for the Liberals, blue for the Conservatives.

    Punch, Or The London Charivari, Volume 102, July 2, 1892 Various

  • At noon on the day of the race the horses and carriages were taken to the course; at five and twenty minutes to one Lord Lonsdale drove up in a pair-horse brougham; at one o'clock to the second he trotted his single horse, War Paint, to the starting-point, and War Paint bounded down the road.

    Highways and Byways in Surrey Eric Parker 1912

  • The pair-horse was waiting with Blue and Yellow, two Americans, in it; the change took three seconds, and Blue and Yellow galloped back to the start in 12 minutes 51-2/5 seconds.

    Highways and Byways in Surrey Eric Parker 1912

  • Joshua happened to be coming out of his father's workshop just as Mr. Grand was passing, driving the neat pair-horse phaeton he had lately bought.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 06 — Fiction Various 1909

  • Bostock's pair-horse van arrived before the garden gate earlier than her worse fears had anticipated, and Bostock's men were evidently in a tremendous hurry that morning.

    The Grim Smile of the Five Towns Arnold Bennett 1899

  • Just then the racket was distracting, a pair-horse trolly lightly loaded with loose rods of iron passing slowly very near us.

    Chance A Tale in Two Parts Joseph Conrad 1890

  • Although the weather was bitterly cold, Mr. Wodehouse, my father, myself, a couple of Mr. Wodehouse's servants, and a young fellow who had been connected, I think, with a Paris banking-house, travelled in an open pair-horse break.

    My Days of Adventure The Fall of France, 1870-71 Ernest Alfred Vizetelly 1887

  • Archbishop Harcourt never went from Bishopthorpe to York Minster except attended by his chaplains, in a coach and six, while Lady Anne was made to follow in a pair-horse carriage, to show her that her position was not the same thing among women that her husband's was among men.

    Collections and Recollections George William Erskine Russell 1886

  • There they made us kindly welcome, did all they could for him, and transhipped the hammock into a pair-horse dray, which went quicker and was easier.

    Station Amusements 1871


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