Oftentimes in life, when people are really hungry, they'd make a statement that they are so hungry that they could eat a horse. This is used to really establish just how hungry someone is. The character may sometimes be a BigEater or an ExtremeOmnivore. Sometimes, this may often overlap with HoldYourHippogriffs or MeatOVision. Tends to show up in {{Comedy}}.

Compare: IllTakeTwoBeersToo, IsItSomethingYouEat, ItTastesLikeFeet

Contrast: IAteWhat

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* From ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'':
-->'''Tai:''' I'm so hungry I could eat a horse!\\
'''Izzy:''' I'd settle for a small cow.
* Ash from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' claims in one of the early seasons that, "I'm so hungry I could eat a Horsea!"
** He must not have been that hungry, considering your standard Horsea is just over a foot tall.

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* One ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' strip. Four teenagers in a diner.
--> '''Teen #1''': "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse!"
--> '''Teen #2''': "I'm so hungry I could eat a rhino!"
--> '''Teen #3''': "I'm so hungry I could eat an elephant, including trunk and tusks!"
--> '''Teen #4''': "Now I lost my appetite!"

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* Played with in ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}''. Astronaut Fred Haise is getting sick during the flight; Jim Lovell asks if he'd like to skip the next meal, and he responds, "Are you kidding? I could eat the ass end out of a rhinoceros."
* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', Simba says that he's so hungry that he could eat a zebra.
* Pappas of ''PointBreak'' gave us "I'm so hungry I could eat the ass end out of a dead rhino!"
* In ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', the puppy Rolly insisted "I'm so hungry I could eat a... a whole elephant!" (even though he just ate).
* ''FlightOfTheNavigator'' gave us this conversation:
-->'''David:''' Where do you go next, Max?\\
'''Max:''' Back in time to when I picked up my creatures. By now they're so hungry, they could eat a zigzog.\\
'''David:''' What's a zigzog?\\
'''Max:''' Kind of like a hippo, but with feathers.
* An unusual variant by Vic from ''{{Neighbors}}'': "Ramona and I haven't eaten all day. We could eat a baby's butt through a park bench."
* Fred from ''The Foot Fist Way'' gives another strange variant: "I'm so hungry I could eat a grown man's ass right now!"
* ''Film/McCabeAndMrsMiller'':
-->'''Mrs. Miller:''' I'm hungry enough I could eat a bloody horse.\\
'''John [=McCabe=]:''' Well, at Sheehan's place you probably will.\\
'''Mrs. Miller:''' Ah, the frontier wit, I see.
* Phido the Vulture in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler The Princess And The Cobbler]]'': "I'm so hungry I could eat a vegetarian."
* Itchy from ''AllDogsGoToHeaven 2'': "I'm so hungry, I could eat a shoe."
* Roy from ''White Lightning'': "I'm so hungry I could eat the tail-end out of a hobby-horse."
* Nan from ''The Bad Mother's Handbook'': "When's tea ready? I could eat a buttered frog."
* From'' Sweet Land'':
-->'''Brownie:''' You hungry? hungry?\\
'''Inge:''' I could eat a horse.\\
'''Brownie:''' Well we could find dat.
* Creator/CheechAndChong - ''The Corsican Brothers'': "I'm so hungry I could eat a bowl of lard with a hair in it!"
** A squickier version from ''Things are Tough all Over;'' "I could eat the crotch out of a dead horse!"
* In (at least) the {{Rankin Bass|Productions}} adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheReturnOfTheKing'', Frodo is so parched of thirst as they approach Mount Doom that he muses "if [[BigBad Sauron himself]] were to offer me a glass of water, I'd shake his hand."

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* In the ''MythAdventures'' book where he masquerades as a king, Skeeve accidentally comments to the cook that he's hungry enough to eat a bear. Shortly thereafter he's served a whole, roasted bear.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ("Faith, Hope & Trick"):
-->'''Faith:''' God, I could eat a horse. Isn't it crazy how slaying just always makes you hungry and horny?
* ''{{Series/Angel}}'' ("Carpe Noctem"):
-->'''Angel:''' [as Marcus] Somebody say something about food? I could eat a horse.
* ''Series/{{Mash}}'' ("The Bus"):
-->'''Col. Potter:''' I'm so hungry I could eat a horse. May the First Cavalry forgive me.
* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' ("Morticia, the Matchmaker"):
-->'''Morticia:''' Mama is cooking up a real surprise.\\
'''Gomez:''' I am so hungry I could eat a wolf.\\
'''Morticia:''' Gomez, you guessed it!
* ''TheWaltons'' ("The Homecoming: A Christmas Story"):
-->'''Mary Ellen:''' I'm so hungry I could eat a horse.\\
'''Grandma:''' If this depression gets any worse, you may have to.
* ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'' ("Custer"):
-->'''Chester Goode:''' I'm so hungry I could eat a whole hog.\\
'''Marshal Matt Dillon:''' This is all the hog you get this morning.
* Toby from ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' ("Rock Solid"): "I'm so hungry, I could eat the Oldies section."
* Archie from ''Series/ANeroWolfeMystery'' ("Prisoner's Base: Part 1"): "I'm hungry! I had a soda fountain lunch. I could eat a porcupine with quills on it. Let's go home!"
* {{Blackadder}}:
--> Hurry up with my breakfast Blackadder! I could eat 15 trays of it this morning, and still have room for a dolphin on toast!

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* In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Zelda: Wand of Gamelon]]'', Link says that he's so hungry he could eat an Octorok.

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* In ''FlakyPastry'' the horse version is used. Cue Zintiel coming back to the camp with a dead unicorn.

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* ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'': In "The Gourds Must be Crazy" (from "Are You my Neighbour"), Jimmy and Jerry Gourd start trying to one-up each other on statements about their hunger. The conversation ends with Jimmy saying he could eat an entire planet. Then it turns out [[spoiler:this isn't hyperbole at all: the Gourds [[ItMakesSenseInContext save the ship by eating a popcorn ball meteorite]].]]
** This gets a callback in a later episode, "Dave and the Giant Pickle". This time, since the Gourds are playing the parts of ancient Israelites, the conversation plays out rather differently:
--->'''Jimmy:''' You know, sometimes I get so hungry, I could eat a whole camel!\\
'''Jerry:''' Oh yeah? Sometimes I get so hungry, I could eat a whole ''[[AnachronismStew spaceship]]!''\\
'''Jimmy:''' What's a spaceship?\\
'''Jerry:''' I have no idea.
* In ''TheMagicSchoolBus'' episode "For Lunch", Arnold begins to insist "Not hungry? But I could eat a..." before Wanda, inside his stomach and pretending to be his conscience, cuts him off and forces him to drink instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' gives this mixed metaphor:
-->'''Sonic:''' Eat our dust, Coconuts!\\
'''Tails:''' I'm so hungry I could eat our dust!
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Mr. Griffin Goes To Washington".
-->'''Chris''': Can't we eat? I'm so hungry I could ride a horse. I don't get it. Well, I could ride it to the store, I guess.
** In another episode, which parodies their own [[CutawayGag cutaway gags]].
-->'''Peter:''' I'm so hungry, I could eat a horse.
-->''(cut away to Peter in bed with a horse)''
-->'''Peter:''' I misspoke.
* While stranded on an island on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
-->'''Terri''': I'm so hungry I could [[TakeThat eat at Arby's!]]
* In the ''SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Fish Shtick", this becomes an effect of "Cliche Week", where hyperboles and euphemisms turn into [[VisualPun visual puns]].
-->'''Hilda:''' I'm so hungry, I could eat a horse.
-->''(a horse suddenly appears beside her)''
-->'''Salem:''' You want fries with that?
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