Meaning of two-horse in English:



  • (of a race or other contest) in which only two of the competitors or participants are likely winners.

    ‘It is clear for everyone to see that this is a two-horse race between the Liberal Democrats and Labour.’
    • ‘This two-horse race with Celtic makes it difficult for both teams, and also for the managers,’ he said.’
    • ‘Most observers and our canvass returns conclude that we have got it to a two-horse race.’
    • ‘Scotland were 4-1 against in Dublin and several journalists, including this one, made an investment at what at the time looked to be generous odds in a two-horse race.’
    • ‘Leeds had won 2-0 at Chelsea nine days previously and a victory at Highbury might have turned the Premiership into a two-horse race with Manchester United.’
    • ‘By all accounts it's a two-horse race as to whether the UK Independence Party or the Conservatives emerge triumphant after the count next Sunday for the European elections.’
    • ‘So, if Lehmann has to leave at the end of the season, it's a two-horse race at the moment as to who will replace him as captain, and Yorkshire would be advised to decide quickly who their money is on.’
    • ‘Once again, it should come down to a two-horse race.’
    • ‘As he wound up his speech, he raised concerns over the future of the Six Nations and whether it would become a two-horse race between England and France.’
    • ‘In a league renowned for being a two-horse race, the normal reward for second place is ignominy.’
    • ‘A one-day game is a two-horse race, so I always tell my players to get in there and play to win.’
    • ‘The financial supremacy of the Glasgow clubs ensures it will be a two-horse race.’
    • ‘People look at the league and say it's a two-horse race, but other teams can stop you and beat you.’
    • ‘Though a field of seven showed up, the race was a two-horse duel throughout.’
    • ‘This was perhaps the only century of the millennium in which the championship was a two-horse race - and a very close race, so that there may never be a consensus lasting more than 50 years as to which of them was the winner.’
    • ‘Elsewhere in Europe, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic should continue their two-horse race in Group One with wins over Finland and Macedonia respectively.’
    • ‘It was developing into a two-horse race, Fiji being four behind in third place and then a three-stroke gap to England, South Africa, Australia and South Korea.’
    • ‘With a guaranteed 50 per cent coverage during the campaign in a two-horse race, it would be next to impossible not to get enough votes to qualify for State funding.’
    • ‘What is coming through loud and clear, though, is that this is very much a two-horse race, with the smaller parties all but squeezed out in most statisticians' estimation.’
    • ‘And, like Rickardsson, I cannot emphasise enough that this year's world championship is not just about a two-horse race between Tony and me for the title.’