Definition of hobby horse in English:

hobby horse

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noun

1A child’s toy consisting of a stick with a model of a horse’s head at one end.
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  • In the contest, they must race 100 metres with a hobby horse while hopping over jumps.
  • Her unicorn hobby horse was a very special gift from Daddy.
  • This painting of a child with a hobby horse dates from 1836
1.1A rocking horse.
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  • A drawing of King William at the top of this broadsheet, rocking on a wooden hobby horse, might have caused some offense in loyalist circles.
  • He held her hand and rocked it back and forth like a child on a hobby horse.
  • One shot of a young boy claiming to be an expert horseman shows a toddler rocking on a hobby horse.
1.2A model of a horse or a horse’s head, typically of wicker, used in morris dancing or pantomime.
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  • Morris men, lords and ladies and even Hobnob the hobby horse were to be found mingling among the stalls.
  • The vibrant costumes and scenery gave bright splashes of cartoonish colour to the scenes and the props, such as hobby horses with nodding heads, were superb.
  • The Peace Police on their hobby horses added humour and colour to the events.
2A preoccupation or favourite topic: Brennan admits that the greenhouse effect is a hobby horse of his
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  • Warning the government to be prudent, and to remain prudent, may sound like my favourite hobby horse, - and it is, but there are sound reasons why I always carry on about not overshooting the main budget.
  • It deals with one of my favourite hobby horses, Complexity Theory.
  • The other omitted item, and I admit this is a bit of a personal hobby horse of mine, is that there is no mention of the Little Ice Age, though consequences for it abounding in these pages.

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