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steeplechase

[stee-puh l-cheys] /ˈsti pəlˌtʃeɪs/
noun
1.
a horse race over a turf course furnished with artificial ditches, hedges, and other obstacles over which the horses must jump.
2.
a point-to-point race.
3.
a foot race run on a cross-country course or over a course having obstacles, as ditches, hurdles, or the like, which the runners must clear.
verb (used without object), steeplechased, steeplechasing.
4.
to ride or run in a steeplechase.
Origin of steeplechase
1795-1805
1795-1805; steeple + chase1; so called because the course was kept by sighting a church steeple
Related forms
steeplechaser, noun
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Historical Examples
  • Horses are very sporting animals, and the love of competition is inherent in them all, from the hack to the steeplechaser.

    The Horsewoman Alice M. Hayes
  • The joy, too, of the engine-driver and the steeplechaser is upon us.

  • "Yerra, that one'd make a steeplechaser if he got the trainin'," declared Murty, all his troubles forgotten.

    Back To Billabong Mary Grant Bruce
  • I bought him thinking that he might make a steeplechaser, as rogues on the flat often develop into good "'chasers."

  • Then gradually he slowed up his steeplechaser, jerking powerfully at the bridles.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
British Dictionary definitions for steeplechaser

steeplechaser

/ˈstiːpəlˌtʃeɪsə/
noun
1.
a horse or an athlete that takes part in steeplechases

steeplechase

/ˈstiːpəlˌtʃeɪs/
noun
1.
a horse race over a course equipped with obstacles to be jumped, esp artificial hedges, ditches, water jumps, etc
2.
a track race, usually of 3000 metres, in which the runners have to leap hurdles, a water jump, etc
3.
(archaic)
  1. a horse race across a stretch of open countryside including obstacles to be jumped
  2. a rare word for point-to-point
verb
4.
(intransitive) to take part in a steeplechase
Derived Forms
steeplechasing, noun
Word Origin
C19: so called because it originally took place cross-country, with a church tower serving as a landmark to guide the riders
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Word Origin and History for steeplechaser

steeplechase

n.

1793 (earlier steeplehunt, 1772), from steeple + chase (n.). Originally a race with a visible church steeple as a goal.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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