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 Shoe the Horse (To).Shoes. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Shoe the Wild Colt (To).
 
To exact a fine called “footing” from a newcomer, who is called the “colt.” Colt is a common synonym for a greenhorn, or a youth not broken in. Thus Shakespeare says—“Ay, that’s a colt indeed, for he doth nothing but talk of his horse.” (Merchant of Venice, i. 2.)   1
 


 Shoe the Horse (To).Shoes. 

 
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