workhorse Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"workhorse" in British English

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workhorsenoun [C]

uk   /ˈwɜːk.hɔːs/  us   /ˈwɝːk.hɔːrs/
a ​person who does a lot of ​work, ​especially of a ​type that is ​necessary but not ​interesting: a ​willing/​reliable workhorse a ​machine that ​operates without ​failing for ​longperiods, ​although it might not be very ​interesting or ​exciting: The ​steamengine was the workhorse of the Industrial Revolution.
(Definition of workhorse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"workhorse" in Business English

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workhorsenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈwɜːkhɔːs/
a ​machine, ​piece of ​equipment, or ​vehicle that you can ​trust to ​work well and that you can use to do a lot of ​work: The ​company has begun to ​look at how its workhorse, the 737, may ​develop in the future.
informal someone who ​works very hard or who ​works very ​longhours
(Definition of workhorse from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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