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hobbyhorse


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hobby  \Hob"by\,  Hobbyhorse  \Hob"by*horse`\,  n.  [OE.  hobin  a  nag, 
  OF  hobin  hobby;  cf  hober  to  stir,  move  prob.  of  German  or 
  Scand.  origin;  cf  Dan.  hoppe  a  mare,  dial.  Sw  hoppa;  perh. 
  akin  to  E.  hop  to  jump.] 
  1.  A  strong,  active  horse,  of  a  middle  size,  said  to  have 
  been  originally  from  Ireland;  an  ambling  nag.  --Johnson. 
 
  2.  A  stick,  often  with  the  head  or  figure  of  a  horse,  on 
  which  boys  make  believe  to  ride.  [  Usually  under  the  form 
  {hobbyhorse}.] 
 
  3.  A  subject  or  plan  upon  which  one  is  constantly  setting 
  off  a  favorite  and  ever-recurring  theme  of  discourse, 
  thought,  or  effort;  that  which  occupies  one's  attention 
  unduly,  or  to  the  weariness  of  others  a  ruling  passion. 
  [Usually  under  the  form  {hobby}.] 
 
  Not  one  of  them  has  any  hobbyhorse,  to  use  the 
  phrase  of  Sterne.  --Macaulay. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hobbyhorse 
  n  1:  a  topic  to  which  on  constantly  reverts:  "don't  get  him 
  started  on  his  hobbyhorse" 
  2:  a  child's  plaything  consisting  of  an  imitation  horsehead  on 
  one  end  of  a  stick;  the  child  straddles  it  an  pretends  to 
  ride  [syn:  {hobby},  {rocking  horse},  {cockhorse},  {stick 
  horse}] 




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