Idiom of the Week: “Straight From the Horse’s Mouth”

Meaning: To be said directly by the person or people who have knowledge about something. It is often used by a person talking about another person.


1. I won’t believe it until I hear it straight from the horse’s mouth.

2. The news came straight from the horse’s mouth, so we all listened.

3. The rumor proved to be true when it finally came straight from the horse’s mouth.

Pop Quiz:

*Bill and Sam are teammates on a soccer team.

Bill: John told me there is no practice today.

Sam: No, there is practice today! I just talked to Mr. Anderson.

Bill: Ah, straight from the horse’s mouth, I knew John was wrong.

Mr. Anderson is probably:

A.  Bill and Sam’s coach

B.  Bill and Sam’s teammate

C. Bill and Sam’s parent

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The correct answer is A. Mr. Anderson was the person who knew best and the person who was referred to as the “horse” in this situation. Therefore, he is probably Bill and Sam’s soccer coach because a coach decides whether there is practice. When in doubt, talk to your main source for information!

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