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He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount proverbial saying, late 19th century, meaning that once a dangerous or troublesome venture is begun, the safest course is to carry it through to the end.

if you can't ride two horses at once, you shouldn't be in the circus proverbial saying, mid 20th century; the British Labour politician James Maxton (1885–1946) is often quoted as saying, ‘if you cannot ride two horses you have no right in the bloody circus’.

ride a-cock-horse ride (as) on a child's hobby-horse; recorded from the mid 16th century, and apparently a nursery term applied to anything that a child rides astride upon. It is not clear whether cock-horse was originally the name of the plaything, as it appears to have become by the late 16th century.

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