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thoroughbred
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
a well-bred person;
or: a racehorse belonging to a breed that originated from a cross between Arabian stallions and English mares;
or: a pedigreed animal of unmixed lineage; used especially of horses;
or: having a list of ancestors as proof of being a purebred animal
  • But then good society has its claret and its velvet carpets, its dinner-engagements six weeks deep, its opera and its faery ball-rooms; rides off its ennui on thoroughbred horses; lounges at the club; has to keep clear of crinoline vortices; gets its science done by Faraday, and its religion by the superior clergy who are to be met in the best houses,—how should it have time or need for belief and emphasis?
    4.3 -- Book 4 Chapter 3 -- A Voice from the Past (77% in)
  • "Eh, that's a pity; else there's a pup,—if you didn't mind about it not being thoroughbred; its mother acts in the Punch show,—an uncommon sensible bitch; she means more sense wi' her bark nor half the chaps can put into their talk from breakfast to sundown.
    4.3 -- Book 4 Chapter 3 -- A Voice from the Past (19% in)

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