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hobbyhorse

noun hob·by·horse \ˈhä-bē-ˌhrs\

: a subject that someone speaks about or complains about often

: a stick with a horse's head at one end that a child pretends to ride

Full Definition of HOBBYHORSE

1
a :  a figure of a horse fastened about the waist in the morris dance
b :  a dancer wearing this figure
2
obsolete :  buffoon
3
a :  a stick having an imitation horse's head at one end that a child pretends to ride
b :  rocking horse
c :  a toy horse suspended by springs from a frame
4
a :  a topic to which one constantly reverts
b :  2hobby
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Examples of HOBBYHORSE

  1. Once he gets on his hobbyhorse and starts talking about taxes, you can't get him to discuss anything else.
  2. She's been riding that hobbyhorse for months.

Origin of HOBBYHORSE

hobby small light horse, from Middle English hoby, hobyn, perhaps from Hobbin, nickname for Robert or Robin
First Known Use: circa 1553
HOBBYHORSE Defined for Kids

hobbyhorse

noun hob·by·horse \ˈhä-bē-ˌhrs\

Definition of HOBBYHORSE for Kids

:  a stick that has an imitation horse's head and that a child pretends to ride

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