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a. A child's riding toy that consists of a long stick with an imitation horse's head on one end.
b. See rocking horse.
a. A figure of a horse worn attached to the waist of a mummer, as in a morris dance.
b. A person wearing such a figure.
a. A favorite hobby.
b. A topic that one frequently brings up or dwells on; a fixation.
1. a toy consisting of a stick with a figure of a horse's head at one end
2. another word for rocking horse
3. (Theatre) a figure of a horse attached to a performer's waist in a pantomime, morris dance, etc
4. a favourite topic or obsessive fixed idea (esp in the phrase on one's hobbyhorse)
(Nautical Terms) (intr) nautical (of a vessel) to pitch violently
[C16: from hobby1, originally a small horse, hence sense 3; then generalized to apply to any pastime]
1. a stick with a horse's head, or a rocking horse, ridden by children.
2. a figure of a horse, attached at the waist of a performer in a morris dance, pantomime, etc.
3. a pet idea or project.
Past participle: hobbyhorsed
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|Noun||1.||hobbyhorse - a topic to which one constantly reverts; "don't get him started on his hobbyhorse"|
preoccupation - an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention
|2.||hobbyhorse - a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride|
rocker - a curved support that permits the supported object to rock to and fro