What does the metaphor last kicks of a dying horse mean?
- RPLv 72 months ago
It suggests that one has made her/his last effort before her/his demise.
- busterwasmycatLv 72 months ago
not that I have ever heard that one, but I assume that it would be talking about the desperate efforts of a person or group when they are destined to fail but haven't quite given up yet. They might be beaten but they can still cause some harm if you aren't careful.
- David B.Lv 72 months ago
Beware the last kicks of a dying horse, for when the animal knows it is dying it gets a surge of adrenaline from the fear, and the last kicks will be the strongest and most dangerous. It isn't so much a metaphore as it is a proverb.