hobby-horse


hobby-horse
   obsolete
   a prostitute
   Literally, an article in Morris dancing which became a children's toy. Shakespeare gives us another vulgar pun on hobby, a wanton, and on the usual equine imagery:
    My wife's a hobby-horse. {The Winter's Tale)

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  • hobby-horse — hobby horses also hobbyhorse N COUNT You describe a subject or idea as your hobby horse if you have strong feelings on it and like talking about it whenever you have the opportunity. Honesty is a favourite hobby horse for Courau …   English dictionary

  • hobby horse — ► NOUN 1) a child s toy consisting of a stick with a model of a horse s head at one end. 2) a rocking horse. 3) a person s favourite topic of conversation …   English terms dictionary

  • hobby horse — hobby ,horse noun count 1. ) a toy with a wooden horse s head on a long stick that a child can pretend to ride 2. ) a subject that someone has strong opinions about and often talks about, especially in a way that annoys other people …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Hobby-horse — (engl., spr. hóbbĭ hors), Steckenpferd, besonders das im englischen Maispiel (s. Morris dance) vorkommende …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Hobby horse — This article is about costumed characters that appear in various customs, processions and ceremonies. For other uses, see Hobby horse (disambiguation) The term hobby horse is used, principally by folklorists, to refer to the costumed characters… …   Wikipedia

  • hobby horse — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms hobby horse : singular hobby horse plural hobby horses 1) a toy with a wooden horse s head on a long stick that a child can pretend to ride 2) a subject that someone has strong opinions about and often talks… …   English dictionary

  • hobby horse — noun a) The Irish hobby, an extinct breed of horse. Dont ask him about global warming: its his favourite hobby horse, youll never get away. b) A childs toy consisting of a (usually wooden or cloth) horse mounted on a stick …   Wiktionary

  • hobby-horse — n. 1 a child s toy consisting of a stick with a horse s head. 2 a preoccupation; a favourite topic of conversation. 3 a model of a horse, esp. of wicker, used in morris dancing etc. 4 a rocking horse. 5 a horse on a merry go round …   Useful english dictionary

  • hobby horse — noun 1》 a toy consisting of a model of a horse s head on a long stick.     ↘a rocking horse.     ↘a model of a horse used in morris dancing, pantomime, etc. 2》 a favourite topic …   English new terms dictionary

  • hobby-horse — n. See hobby, 1 and 2 …   New dictionary of synonyms


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