Learn English idioms | Straight from the horse's mouth

English idioms are colourful expressions we use that have a special meaning. What does it mean in English to get something straight from the horse's mouth? Watch this video lesson and find out more about English idioms...

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If you get something straight from the horse’s mouth this means you get the absolute truth and you get the truth from the original source. So if you want to know something and you get it straight from the horse’s mouth this means you go to the person who knows this information, the place where the information comes from. Don't get second-hand or third-hand information.

So if you're at school or college and one of your classmates says: "We have an exam tomorrow", but you didn't know about this and you want to know if you need to prepare for the exam, who do you talk to? Do you trust your friend? Or do you go to talk to your teacher? It's probably a good idea to speak to the teacher. Maybe your friend is wrong or your friend is just having a joke with you. So you need to get this information straight from the horse's mouth. The teacher is the one who decides if you're going to have a test the next day, so go and talk to your teacher. Get the information straight from the horse's mouth.

So where does this expression come from? Again, it sounds like quite a strange one. Obviously horses don't talk, but this is an expression that comes from horse racing and what it means is if you wanted to know if a horse was a good horse, a young horse that could win a race, you had to look at the horse to see if it was young, fit and healthy. So how do you do that? You can't always tell if a horse is healthy just by looking at it, so you need to look in the horse's mouth and look at his teeth and then you can see if this is a young horse or an old horse, so you get the information straight from the horse's mouth!

So next time you want to know something don't just trust your friend because they might be having a joke with you. Get the information straight from the horse’s mouth.

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