hobby-horse


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hobby-horse

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

hobby-horse

[ˈhɒbɪˌhɔːs] n
a. (fig) → chiodo fisso
b. (toy) giocattolo di legno raffigurante la testa di un cavallo montata su un bastone

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.
References in classic literature ?
The native, first placing a calabash beneath the nose, as it were, of his curious-looking log-steed, for the purpose of receiving the grated fragments as they fall, mounts astride of it as if it were a hobby-horse, and twirling the inside of his hemispheres of cocoanut around the sharp teeth of the mother-of-pearl shell, the pure white meat falls in snowy showers into the receptacle provided.
The hobby-horse and the pestle and mortar were in great requisition during the time I remained in the house of Marheyo, and Kory-Kory had frequent occasion to show his skill in their use.
The hero's wife and one child, the hobby-horse, the doctor, the foreign gentleman who not being familiar with the language is unable in the representation to express his ideas otherwise than by the utterance of the word 'Shallabalah' three distinct times, the radical neighbour who will by no means admit that a tin bell is an organ, the executioner, and the devil, were all here.
Twice she had been to Coney Island and had ridden the hobby-horses.
Characters include Maid Marian (a man in a dress), the Hobby-horse, the Fool (or Jester), a youngster with a bow and arrow, and another youngster with a triangle.
The documentary follows a group of girls who hobby-horse, while also touching on bigger themes, including friendship and solidarity.
von Drais patented this design in 1818, which was the first successful two-wheeled, steerable, human-propelled machine, commonly called a velocipede, and nicknamed hobby-horse or dandy horse.
As well as our Tudor spies, we had a Tilt Yard arena for hobby-horse jousting, lessons on longbow archery - which was compulsory activity on a Sunday in Tudor times so Henry VIII could ensure he had enough archers for his army - Tudor crafts to try including writing with quill and pen, brass rubbings and learning to be a trainee Tudor Apothecary.
For years, the issue of the viability of a Palestinian state has been the hobby-horse of countless pundits and activists.
This machine was later brought to Great Britain, where it became known as a hobby-horse or dandy horse.