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[stee-puh l-chey-sing] /ˈsti pəlˌtʃeɪ sɪŋ/
the sport of riding or running in a steeplechase.
Origin of steeplechasing


[stee-puh l-cheys] /ˈsti pəlˌtʃeɪs/
a horse race over a turf course furnished with artificial ditches, hedges, and other obstacles over which the horses must jump.
a point-to-point race.
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.
to ride or run in a steeplechase.
1795-1805; steeple + chase1; so called because the course was kept by sighting a church steeple
Related forms
steeplechaser, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for steeplechasing
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  • I think they were steeplechasing, and he had Kester on his back.

    Lover or Friend

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Purler, a heavy fall from a horse in the hunting or steeplechasing field.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • steeplechasing and racing I must touch on, and the little I have to say will not be in its favour.

  • Although not keen on polo he was very fond of steeplechasing.

    Sir John French Cecil Chisholm
  • The unfortunate beast had learned to do everything—running, steeplechasing, jumping, army service.

    The Red Battle Flyer Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
  • The trouble came, he explained, from a fall he had received the year before steeplechasing.

    Somewhere in France Richard Harding Davis
  • The same may be said of drag hunting, which I hold to be no place for a lady, any more than steeplechasing.

    The Barb and the Bridle Vielle Moustache
  • But when the Jock comes to steeplechasing, he lengthens his stirrup leather and rides like a man.

    Riding and Driving Edward L. Anderson
  • steeplechasing is a Grand-National sport, but it is the sport of the rich, whereas hunting is not.

  • With the average Nimrod of modern days, I venture then to assert that fox-hunting is only a modified form of steeplechasing.

British Dictionary definitions for steeplechasing


a horse race over a course equipped with obstacles to be jumped, esp artificial hedges, ditches, water jumps, etc
a track race, usually of 3000 metres, in which the runners have to leap hurdles, a water jump, etc
  1. a horse race across a stretch of open countryside including obstacles to be jumped
  2. a rare word for point-to-point
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for steeplechasing



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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