horse and rabbit stew

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Noun[edit]

horse and rabbit stew ‎(usually uncountable, plural horse and rabbit stews)

  1. (idiomatic) A mixture of the crude and the delicate in grossly unequal quantities, with the crude overwhelmingly dominant.
    • 1985, Kristin Sharon Shrader-Frechette, Science policy, ethics, and economic methodology, page 172:
      Also, in alleging that nonmarket parameters are not measurable, in some sense, proponents of the argument from horse and rabbit stew appear to forget that ...
    • 1984, Myron S. Harrison, Developing Multinational Teams, page 49:
      a Filipino representative at the Greenlake, 1981 conference said that the ‘…partnership is often like the proverbial “horse and rabbit stew” supposedly mixed in equal proportions, that is, one horse to one rabbit.'