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hobbyhorse

[ hob-ee-hawrs ]
/ ˈhɒb iˌhɔrs /
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noun
a stick with a horse's head, or a rocking horse, ridden by children.
a figure of a horse, attached at the waist of a performer in a morris dance, pantomime, etc.
a pet idea or project.
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Origin of hobbyhorse

First recorded in 1550–60; hobby1 + horse
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British Dictionary definitions for hobbyhorse

hobbyhorse
/ (ˈhɒbɪˌhɔːs) /

noun
a toy consisting of a stick with a figure of a horse's head at one end
another word for rocking horse
a figure of a horse attached to a performer's waist in a pantomime, morris dance, etc
a favourite topic or obsessive fixed idea (esp in the phrase on one's hobbyhorse)
verb
(intr) nautical (of a vessel) to pitch violently

Word Origin for hobbyhorse

C16: from hobby 1, originally a small horse, hence sense 3; then generalized to apply to any pastime
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