horses for courses

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The phrase stems from the fact that a racehorse performs best on a racecourse to which it is specifically suited.


horses for courses

  1. (idiomatic) A person suited for one job may not be suited for another job.
  2. (idiomatic) The practice of choosing the best person for a particular job.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The chiasmus "courses for horses" is less used.
  • The term is widely used in the foreign-language translation industry, where a translator is selected for a job not solely based on his or her fluency in the language, but also based on knowledge of the subject matter.

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