From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishgallopgal‧lop1 /ˈɡæləp/ ●●○ verb 1 [intransitive]DSH if a horse gallops, it moves very fast with all its feet leaving the ground together → canter, trot A neighbour’s horse came galloping down the road, riderless. a galloping horse► see thesaurus at run2 [intransitive, transitive]DSH if you gallop, you ride very fast on a horse or you make it go very fastgallop along/off/towards etc I watched as Jan galloped away.3 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]FAST/QUICK to move very quickly SYN run Ian came galloping down the stairs.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusgallop• A thoroughbred can gallop a mile in about 90 seconds.• Isabella gallops around, winning battles, expelling Moors from strongholds, her appetites expanding by the week.• Meanwhile the colt galloped back and forth behind him, and the parakeets squawked.• A youngster identified with a mustang goes galloping down the street with a new vitality and personality.• He jumped on bareback, stuck to her like a leech and galloped her flat out through the crowd.• Ralph Lauren's Polo aftershave came galloping into the kitchen, followed shortly by a now fully clothed Lee.• As she felt her way forward, suddenly a knight on horseback galloped past her.• She galloped past the rabbit hutches, the ducks swaying towards the pond.• Golden Larch got up and galloped to the finish line.gallop along/off/towards etc• I could see the ground far below me as we galloped along.• Horsemen gallop along a paved road, slowing to offer tourists a trek to the Sphinx.• Second, they saw foreign stock markets galloping along, delivering returns in the high double digits.• I saw three horses galloping off, dragging a fourth, which was dead.• In the end, I could only escape by galloping off, leaving him in full flow, and diving into a shop.• It galloped towards the boy in silence, swinging a thorn bush from its arm.• Bare chested and wet trousered, the job done, they swank before their audience then gallop off to Fair Hill.• And if the herd is threatened, they will gallop off together or maybe huddle together, touching each other for reassurance.gallopgallop2 noun 1 a) [singular]DSH the movement of a horse at its fastest speed, when all four feet leave the ground together → canter, trot The horses broke into a gallop (=begin to go very fast).at a/full gallop Mounted police charged at full gallop. b) [countable]DSH a ride on a horse when it is galloping2 DSH[singular] a very fast speedat a/full gallop The project began at full gallop.
Examples from the Corpusgallop• They saw him and kicked their horses forward so Sharpe turned his tired mare northwards, and spurred her into a gallop.• Over the holidays, the creep turned into a gallop.• Always trying to get me up early for gallops through the morning mist.• Docklands Express pleased connections in a racecourse gallop at Newbury recently.• All the fears and stresses of these last weeks deserted her on that gallop.• He even broke down one horse in an effort to understand the gallop which had constantly eluded him.• The promising centre touched down after an 80-yard gallop.broke into a gallop• When the group got closer, they broke into a gallop and charged the small party.at a/full gallop• Generals Johnston and Beauregard were seen approaching at a gallop.• To his left, along the drive, he saw the grey-haired minister from Weem arriving at a gallop.• Russell mounted his horse, rode off, and rode back at full gallop toward the trailer.• The institutional investors that charged into junk bonds in the 1980s have now headed off at a gallop in the opposite direction.• The first horseman rode at a gallop.Origin gallop1 (1500-1600) Old French galoper