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.
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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]
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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]
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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
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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
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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
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hobbyhorse

n (lit, fig)Steckenpferd nt; (lit: = rocking horse) → Schaukelpferd nt; this is my personal hobbyhorse (fig)das ist mein Lieblingsthema
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References in classic literature ?
[1] Hobby, or hobbyhorse, a favorite theme of thought; hence, "to mount a hobby" is to follow a favorite pursuit.
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I now turn my attention to Mr Watts' new hobbyhorse. Climate Change.
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His hobbyhorse was always eliminating earmarks, and he religiously kept up that drumbeat.
Shouldn't someone galloping on the official hobbyhorse laid out the detailed reasons for why it was important to arrest the Leader of the Opposition?
latest hobbyhorse, what we did last year or personal preference," Bowden says.
Pakistan is accused by the US of harbouring the Taliban but not IS America own hobbyhorse (in Syria and elsewhere).
The lights were shaped like Japanese lanterns, apples and oranges, a hobbyhorse, or a snowman.
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