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- plural of
- (idiomatic) A force not subject to human control and normally stronger than a man.
- Wild horses wouldn't have kept me from going to the party.
1869, Mackenzie Daniel, James Wyvern's Sin:
- there's no denying that when you take a thing in your head wild horses couldn't turn you from it
- The idiomatic usage is almost always limited to expressions of the form "wild horses couldn't" or "wild horses wouldn't".