hobbyhorse


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hob·by·horse

 (hŏb′ē-hôrs′)
n.
1.
a. A child's riding toy that consists of a long stick with an imitation horse's head on one end.
2.
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.
3.
a. A favorite hobby.
b. A topic that one frequently brings up or dwells on; a fixation.

hobbyhorse

(ˈhɒbɪˌhɔːs)
n
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)
vb
(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]

hob•by•horse

(ˈhɒb iˌhɔrs)

n.
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.
[1550–60; hobby1 + horse]

hobbyhorse


Past participle: hobbyhorsed
Gerund: hobbyhorsing

Imperative
hobbyhorse
hobbyhorse
Present
I hobbyhorse
you hobbyhorse
he/she/it hobbyhorses
we hobbyhorse
you hobbyhorse
they hobbyhorse
Preterite
I hobbyhorsed
you hobbyhorsed
he/she/it hobbyhorsed
we hobbyhorsed
you hobbyhorsed
they hobbyhorsed
Present Continuous
I am hobbyhorsing
you are hobbyhorsing
he/she/it is hobbyhorsing
we are hobbyhorsing
you are hobbyhorsing
they are hobbyhorsing
Present Perfect
I have hobbyhorsed
you have hobbyhorsed
he/she/it has hobbyhorsed
we have hobbyhorsed
you have hobbyhorsed
they have hobbyhorsed
Past Continuous
I was hobbyhorsing
you were hobbyhorsing
he/she/it was hobbyhorsing
we were hobbyhorsing
you were hobbyhorsing
they were hobbyhorsing
Past Perfect
I had hobbyhorsed
you had hobbyhorsed
he/she/it had hobbyhorsed
we had hobbyhorsed
you had hobbyhorsed
they had hobbyhorsed
Future
I will hobbyhorse
you will hobbyhorse
he/she/it will hobbyhorse
we will hobbyhorse
you will hobbyhorse
they will hobbyhorse
Future Perfect
I will have hobbyhorsed
you will have hobbyhorsed
he/she/it will have hobbyhorsed
we will have hobbyhorsed
you will have hobbyhorsed
they will have hobbyhorsed
Future Continuous
I will be hobbyhorsing
you will be hobbyhorsing
he/she/it will be hobbyhorsing
we will be hobbyhorsing
you will be hobbyhorsing
they will be hobbyhorsing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been hobbyhorsing
you have been hobbyhorsing
he/she/it has been hobbyhorsing
we have been hobbyhorsing
you have been hobbyhorsing
they have been hobbyhorsing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been hobbyhorsing
you will have been hobbyhorsing
he/she/it will have been hobbyhorsing
we will have been hobbyhorsing
you will have been hobbyhorsing
they will have been hobbyhorsing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been hobbyhorsing
you had been hobbyhorsing
he/she/it had been hobbyhorsing
we had been hobbyhorsing
you had been hobbyhorsing
they had been hobbyhorsing
Conditional
I would hobbyhorse
you would hobbyhorse
he/she/it would hobbyhorse
we would hobbyhorse
you would hobbyhorse
they would hobbyhorse
Past Conditional
I would have hobbyhorsed
you would have hobbyhorsed
he/she/it would have hobbyhorsed
we would have hobbyhorsed
you would have hobbyhorsed
they would have hobbyhorsed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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 rockershobbyhorse - a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride
plaything, toy - an artifact designed to be played with
rocker - a curved support that permits the supported object to rock to and fro
Translations

hobbyhorse

[ˈhɒbɪhɔːs] N
1. (= toy) → caballito m (de niño), caballo m mecedor
2. (fig) (= preoccupation) → caballo m de batalla, tema m preferido
he's on his hobbyhorse againya está otra vez con lo mismo

hobbyhorse

n (lit, fig)Steckenpferd nt; (lit: = rocking horse) → Schaukelpferd nt; this is my personal hobbyhorse (fig)das ist mein Lieblingsthema
References in classic literature ?
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Claiming cybernetics to be the theoretical hobbyhorse behind much of Downey's production, curator Julieta Gonzalez used it to trace a path through the various periods of the artist's heterogeneous practice over the course of almost three decades, embodied in drawings, paintings, single-channel videos, video installations, and documentation.
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Especially if you don't permit anyone to ride his hobbyhorse from issue to issue to the point of ennui .
The game of knights is popular in my home as my 6-year-old is learning the strategies while her 3-year-old brother acts out iron-clad battles atop a hobbyhorse, wielding a paper sword and armored in his gray fleece pullover.