ride a horse foaled by an acorn

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ride a horse foaled by an acorn

  1. (archaic, slang) To be hanged at the gallows.
    • 1828, Bulwer-Lytton, Edward, chapter 82, in Pelham: or The Adventures of a Gentleman, page 385:
      "What ho, my kiddy!" cried Job, "don't be glimflashy; why you'd cry beef on a blater; the cove is a bob cull, and a pal of my own; and moreover, is as pretty a Tyburn blossom as ever was brought up to ride a horse foaled by an acorn."