In May of 1913, a newspaper in central New York, the Syracuse Herald, utilized, for the first time, the phrase "straight from the horse's mouth." This expression, which would later become an overused American idiom, had been quoted in this context from a local gambler who regularly frequented the area horse track. He had been overheard in conversation saying to an associate that he had "got a tip so good in the fourth race that it may as well have come straight from the horse's mouth." Whether that particular gambler won his wager or not is unknown. However, what is known is that the saying caught on, and today it is used regularly as a means to express the...
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