hobby-horse


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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
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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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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. 'Tis a weary thing to count your pleasures by summers instead of by hours.
But, if we vote for anyone who denies climate science, no matter what our reasons, gun control, abortion, racial animosity - any culture war hobby-horse we can come up with, we are complicit in bringing about the next human crisis.
Long before it was called bicycle, it was known as velocipede and nicknamed hobby-horse or dandy horse.
Timed performances of the events of the battle and the tactics used by both armies will take place throughout the afternoon and there will be storytelling and hobby-horse jousting too.
GRASSROOTS football has been a hobby-horse of mine for some time - even more so now that I manage a local Under-13 team on Sunday mornings.
An improved apparatus called the hobby-horse was manufactured in London from 1818.
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." (Source: Wikipedia.)