- the sport of riding or running in a steeplechase.
Origin of steeplechasing
- 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.
- to ride or run in a steeplechase.
Origin of steeplechase
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Examples from the Web for steeplechasing
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
The unfortunate beast had learned to do everything—running, steeplechasing, jumping, army service.The Red Battle Flyer
Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
- 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
- a horse race across a stretch of open countryside including obstacles to be jumped
- a rare word for point-to-point
- (intr) to take part in a steeplechase
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 steeplechasing
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