Posted by: Dutch | February 11, 2010

Straight from the horse’s mouth

Meaning

Directly from the source.

Example

If you want the real story you have to get it straight from the horses mouth.

Origin

This is a boast of confidence from a racetrack tipster, who says he gets his information from the horses themselves—thereby assuring the bettor that the info is the correct.

–  Thanks to Jim Hubbell

Alternatively,

A horse trader would bend the ear of a prospective buyer with all kinds of talk about the animal, but for a clear measure of its worth, one can simply look in the animal’s mouth. You can tell a great deal about a horse from its mouth. Age, nutrition, general health of the horse, and if it had been over reined.

If a horse is unruly you have to rein it in a lot, and this shows in the horse’s mouth.

–  Thanks to Gregory Pius, Radar, and J. Gold

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