Horse under the hood

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Horse under the hood

Post by chuckler » Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:59 pm

Hello. I've heard the expression "Horse under the hood".

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Does the expression "Horse under the hood" mean a car?
I thought that in this poster, 'horses' meant 'planes' in a figurative sense.
So the meaning of the catchpharse I thought was that the plane is superior to other planes.
But my friend said that "Horse under the hood" is an idiom meaning a car and the poster says that it's of no use bragging fancy cars in front of the plane F22.
I am in fact a little embarrased 'cause I quite insisted on my opinion and want to confirm the actual use of this idiom.

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Post by James Trotta » Wed Apr 04, 2007 6:42 pm

horses refers to horsepower, which is used to measure engines. A normal car might have 100-200 horsepower. A Ferrarri might have more like 500 horses. A plane might have many thousands so they're saying that being a pilot is something to brag about because you control something very powerful.
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thank you.

Post by chuckler » Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:30 pm

Thank you very much, Mr. Trotta.

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