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One-Horse Town

A small town with limited facilities, a backward town, obscure town

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  • In the middle of the 19th century, there were some towns which had no or one horses for transportation in America. In those towns, nothing exaggerated happened as the resources were limited. This expression referred to these regions and then was expanded to mean any project that is minor or has limited resources. 
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They took refuge in that one horse town.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'One-Horse Town':

one-horse townA very small town.
one-horse townA very small town, especially one of a rural nature and/or offering very few or no attractions.
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