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NOUN (2)

1. a topic to which one constantly reverts;
- Example: "don't get him started on his hobbyhorse"

2. a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride;
[syn: hobby, hobbyhorse, rocking horse]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hobby \Hob"by\, Hobbyhorse \Hob"by*horse`\, n. [OE. hobin a nag, OF. hobin hobby; cf. hober to stir, move; prob. of German or Scand. origin; cf. Dan. hoppe a mare, dial. Sw. hoppa; perh. akin to E. hop to jump.] 1. A strong, active horse, of a middle size, said to have been originally from Ireland; an ambling nag. --Johnson. [1913 Webster] 2. A stick, often with the head or figure of a horse, on which boys make believe to ride. [ Usually under the form hobbyhorse.] [1913 Webster] 3. A subject or plan upon which one is constantly setting off; a favorite and ever-recurring theme of discourse, thought, or effort; that which occupies one's attention unduly, or to the weariness of others; a ruling passion. [Usually under the form hobby.] [1913 Webster] Not one of them has any hobbyhorse, to use the phrase of Sterne. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

hobbyhorse n 1: a topic to which one constantly reverts; "don't get him started on his hobbyhorse" 2: a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride [syn: hobby, hobbyhorse, rocking horse]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

51 Moby Thesaurus words for "hobbyhorse": agate, avocation, ball, baseball bat, bat, battledore, bauble, blocks, by-line, checkerboard, chessboard, club, cockhorse, cricket bat, cue, doll, doll carriage, gewgaw, gimcrack, golf club, hobby, jack-in-the-box, jacks, jackstones, jackstraws, kickshaw, knickknack, marble, marionette, mig, paper doll, pastime, pick-up sticks, pinwheel, plaything, puppet, racket, rag doll, rocking horse, side interest, sideline, spare-time activity, sport, steelie, taw, teetotum, top, toy, toy soldier, trinket, whim-wham