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What does back the wrong horse mean?

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back the wrong horse


If you back the wrong horse, you support someone or something that later cannot be successful.


The phrase ‘back the wrong horse’ is commonly used in the context of elections and situations where the consequences are uncertain.
In horse racing, people bet on winning horses. Obviously, no one bets money on a horse that fails to win the race.

Other related idioms include:

- Flogging a dead horse.
- Beating a dead horse.
- Beating a dead dog.

All these phrases mean that it is a waste of time to make an effort on something that has no particular outcome.


- Don't back the wrong horse! You know he cannot win the elections.
- She is backing the wrong horse if she continues supporting her friend for the job.

This idiom is in the animals category

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