look a gift horse in the mouth

phrasal
: to criticize and find fault with a gift

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look a gift horse in the mouth
To criticize, delay or niggle over a gift or lucky opportunity (orig to look at a gift horse's teeth to tell its age)
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Main Entry:gift

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find fault with something that has been received as a gift or favor
Origin:
earlier as look a given horse in the mouth

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look a gift horse in the mouth — see horse, 1
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Main Entry:gift
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look a gift horse in the mouth
: to look in a critical way at something that has been given to you

I noticed the guitar wasn't made of real wood, but I didn't say anything because you shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth.

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Main Entry:horse
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look a gift horse in the mouth — see horse, 1
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Main Entry:look
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look a gift horse in the mouth — see horse, 1
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Main Entry:mouth

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look a gift horse in the ˈmouth idiom
(usually with negatives) (informal) to refuse or criticize sth that is given to you for nothing

I'm never one to look a gift horse in the mouth.

Main entry:giftidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • look a gift horse in the mouth — To complain if a gift is not perfect. A proverb. Usually used with a negative. * /John gave Joe a baseball but Joe complained that the ball was old. His father told him not to look a gift horse in the mouth./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • look a gift horse in the mouth — To complain if a gift is not perfect. A proverb. Usually used with a negative. * /John gave Joe a baseball but Joe complained that the ball was old. His father told him not to look a gift horse in the mouth./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • look a gift horse in the mouth — (not) look a gift horse in the mouth if someone tells you not to look a gift horse in the mouth, they mean that you should not criticize or feel doubt about something good that has been offered to you. Okay, it s not the job of your dreams but it …   New idioms dictionary

  • look a gift horse in the mouth — to criticize or refuse to take something that has been offered to you. I know the car s not in great condition, but you shouldn t look a gift horse in the mouth. Usage notes: usually follows never or not, as in the example Etymology: based on the …   New idioms dictionary

  • look\ a\ gift\ horse\ in\ the\ mouth — proverb To complain if a gift is not perfect. Usually used with a negative. John gave Joe a baseball but Joe complained that the ball was old. His father told him not to look a gift horse in the mouth …   Словарь американских идиом

  • look a gift horse in the mouth — complain if a gift is not perfect Even if you don t like the present from the company you shouldn t complain. Remember don t look a gift horse in the mouth …   Idioms and examples

  • look a gift horse in the mouth — look for faults in something that was given free …   English contemporary dictionary

  • look a gift horse in the mouth — idi to be critical of a gift …   From formal English to slang

  • To look a gift horse in the mouth — Horse Horse (h[^o]rs), n. [AS. hors; akin to OS. hros, D. & OHG. ros, G. ross, Icel. hross; and perh. to L. currere to run, E. course, current Cf. {Walrus}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A hoofed quadruped of the genus {Equus}; especially, the domestic horse… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • never look a gift horse in the mouth — A horse’s age is commonly gauged by the state of its teeth. The proverb warns against questioning the quality or use of a lucky chance or gift. Cf. a 420 ST. JEROME Commentary on Epistle to Ephesians Preface noli..ut vulgare proverbium est, equi… …   Proverbs new dictionary


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