ridden hard and put away wet

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Etymology[edit]

From the inadvisable practice of riding a horse to the point of exhaustion, and then stabling it while it is still coated in sweat, rather than allowing it to stand outside and dry off.

Verb[edit]

ridden hard and put away wet

  1. (idiomatic) Mistreated; not properly cared for.
    • 1978, Subcommittee on Conservation and Credit, United States Congress, Amend Credit Provisions for Farm and Rural Development Programs, p. 62:
      However, much more is needed, much more. Farmers throughout the Nation feel that they have been "ridden hard and put away wet."
    • 1988, John F. Lehman, Command of the Seas: A Personal Story, p. 174:
      The Oriskany had been ridden hard and put away wet at the end of the Vietnam War, without an overhaul or proper preservation.
    • 1995, Linda Howard, et al., Everlasting Love, p. 293:
      Alexandra collapsed onto the leather couch in the library, feeling as if she were a horse who had just been ridden hard and put away wet.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Used as a past participle.

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