to look a gift horse in the mouth




Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - look a gift horse in the mouth

"to look a gift horse in the mouth"

to be ungrateful for an unexpected opportunity or bonus

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - look a gift horse in the mouth

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Aren't you excited that the boss have given you this opportunity to really show your skills and abilities?

Colleague 2:  I wonder what the boss's ulterior motive is? Is this a set up for failure? Is he just waiting to see me flounder so I can be fired? And think about all the extra work and time involved.

Colleague 1:  Perhaps you are looking a gift horse in the mouth? Perhaps this is an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and acuity? Perhaps if you do well on this project, you will get a promotion?



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - look a gift horse in the mouth

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Wow! I can't believe that your parents bought you a car.

Friend 2:  Sure but it is old and rusty and the tires need replacing. The interior is also dirty and ragged.

Friend 1:  Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. It's a car, man! Now we can go places easily.





to look a gift horse in the mouth - Usage:

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to look a gift horse in the mouth - Gerund Form:

Looking a gift horse in the mouth could mean that you will not receive more gifts in the future.



to look a gift horse in the mouth - Examples:

1)  Not that I am going to look a gift horse in the mouth and say no, but what are the strings attached to this?

2)  His teammates were telling him not to look a gift horse in the mouth and just sign, for heaven's sake. That kind of money is not easy to turn down ...

3)  It is usually churlish to look a gift horse in the mouth.

4)  One never likes to look a gift horse in the mouth, but sometimes, that horse can be of the Trojan variety.

5)  Of course, we should hardly look a gift horse in the mouth. Some $6 trillion in budgetary savings would be more than any other president in our ...

6)  Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Be grateful that fate is on your side when fortune smiles.

7)  Lawyers who don't look a gift horse in the mouth could end up bitten, as the subject of a Law Society of British Columbia disciplinary hearing ...

8)  Asked if it was a fair increase, Donato said, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. The governor gave us a raise. 

9)  Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Once I heard that “Odysseo” would be galloping back into the Bay Area, this reviewer jumped at the chance ...

10)  ... that just doesn't feel like opening up all of his correspondence to your scrutiny, don't look a gift horse in the mouth and don't start a problem.

11)  Wanderers however are intent on looking a gift horse in the mouth. Most would assume such a deal would be a loan or simply a case of us ...

12)  Peekskill is looking a gift horse in the mouth. I try to do something nice, something that will benefit everybody in Peekskill and they don't want it ...

13)  Instead of celebrating and being grateful about the Quimby family's overwhelming largesse, they are “looking a gift horse in the mouth and ...

14)  ... him to perform this small task, he listened to his pastor and not to me. Am I looking a gift horse in the mouth, or am I right to feel a bit slighted?

15)  It obviously can't do that with cars like Mayer's. Is Mayer looking a gift horse in the mouth, or should VW hold its hands up and take the hit?

16)  Essentially the provinces just looked a gift horse in the mouth and then screwed themselves out of additional money.

17)  ... over a disputed fortune has been told by a judge she may have looked a gift horse in the mouth when turning down a £300 million settlement.

18)  "looked a gift horse in the mouth" when it turned down the chance to construct a ...

19)  He looked a gift horse in the mouth and then abused it, don't you think? So to clarify, you're not like that idiot in Florida. Your parents gave you a ...

20)  So I'm puzzled to fathom why English Touring Opera has looked a gift horse in the mouth and messed things up a bit.