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hobby-horse

noun pet subject, obsession, preoccupation, fixation, thing (informal) Honesty is a favourite hobby-horse for him.
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hobby-horse

[ˈhɒbɪˌhɔːs] n
a. (fig) → chiodo fisso
b. (toy) giocattolo di legno raffigurante la testa di un cavallo montata su un bastone
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

hobby

(ˈhobi) plural ˈhobbies noun
something a person enjoys doing (usually frequently) in his/her spare time and not for pay. Stamp-collecting is a popular hobby.
hobby-horse (also hobbyhorse) noun
1. a stick with a wooden horse's head or a rocking horse as a child's toy.
2. one's favourite topic, idea or project.
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Instead of horses, think camels and children on ponies, but you can still place a bet and cheer on entrants taking part in the first-ever Celebrity Hobby Horse Grand National.
The Veolia Scrap Dragon, his Hobby Horse companion and the Boom Bike Band also made some appearances at Southwater.
If I remember right Kenneth's hobby horse is proportional representation and his challenge to the validity of the UK referendum using jargon and irrelevant statistics is par for the course!
The history of rocking horses can be traced back to the Middle Ages, when a popular children's toy was the hobby horse - a fake horse's head attached to a long stick.
Local artists will offer handcrafted items such as jewelry, gourd art, crocheted items, Christmas ornaments and decorations, shopping bags, antiques and collectibles, Hobby Horse Unicorns, and more.
Police were called to the scene on the southbound carriageway just north of the Hobby Horse roundabout at around 11.40pm on Thursday night last week.
Kids also enjoyed junior jousting on a hobby horse.
There's a new castle-and-train playground at Clayton West and children will be able to take rides on trusty donkey steeds as well as take part in arts and crafts activities, hobby horse jousting and circus skills workshops.
Lively activities for yards across the country include a team relay with wheelbarrow driving skills, a 'sing-along battle', a best turned out showdown in the parade ring and the much-anticipated stable staff national - a test of accuracy and speed involving horseshoe tossing, an egg and spoon race and a hobby horse sprint.
Lots to see and do, including Hobby Horse jumping/Grand National, stalls, pony rides, treasure hunt, bouncy castle, kids make crafts stall, raptors and reptiles, tarot reading, raffle, tombola.
Though the hobby horse has been seen as more than just a toy in Finland since the 1980s, this odd sport has only recently begun to garner attention.