horses for courses

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

NounEdit

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 notesEdit

  • 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.

See alsoEdit

Last modified on 20 September 2013, at 03:08