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warhorse (n.)

also war-horse, 1650s, "powerful horse ridden into war," from war (n.) + horse (n.). Figurative sense of "seasoned veteran" of anything is attested from 1837. In reference to women perceived as tough, by 1921.

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Definitions of warhorse

warhorse (n.)
a work of art (composition or drama) that is part of the standard repertory but has become hackneyed from much repetition;
warhorse (n.)
an experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service;
Synonyms: veteran / old-timer / oldtimer / old hand / old stager / stager
warhorse (n.)
horse used in war;
From wordnet.princeton.edu