look a gift horse in the mouth


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 pays good money. I'd be inclined not to look a gift horse in the mouth if I were you.


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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 — phrasal : to criticize and find fault with a gift * * * 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) • • • Main Entry: ↑gift * * * find fault… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 — 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 — 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