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A pace of a horse between a trot and a gallop, with not less than one foot on the ground at any time. The word is recorded from the early 18th century (as a verb), and is short for Canterbury pace or Canterbury gallop (see Canterbury).

at a canter without much effort, easily. A horse-racing metaphor, implying that the horse has to make so little effort that it can win at the easy pace of a canter rather than having to gallop.

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