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a matched team of horses

Discussion in 'English Only' started by duizihu, May 27, 2013.

  1. duizihu Junior Member

    Chinese
    hi,

    I wonder what "a matched team of horses" mean exactly in the following sentence: "An apprentice's fee was the price of a matched team of horses, a fortune she couldn't imagine earning."

    Does it mean two horses of roughly the same build and color?

    source: Ms Plain Kate by Erin Bow

    Thanks a lot!
     
  2. Keith Bradford

    Keith Bradford Senior Member

    Brittany, NW France
    English (Midlands UK)
    Yes. If you have two unmatched horses (of different sizes and strengths) then your carriage will go round in circles! The same colour is an added luxury.
     
  3. duizihu Junior Member

    Chinese
    Oh, that makes sense. Thanks:)
     

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