hobby horse

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English Wikipedia has an article on:
A child with a hobby horse (sense 2).
A man with a hobby horse sense 4.

hobby horse (plural hobby horses)

  1. (originally) The Irish hobby, an extinct breed of horse.
  2. A child's toy consisting of a (usually wooden or cloth) horse's head mounted on a stick.
  3. (figuratively) A topic about which someone loves to talk at great length.
    Don't ask him about global warming: it's his favourite hobby horse, you'll never get away.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 250:
      The squire was now on his hobby-horse, as we say; he had placed the old worn fur cap by his side on the sofa, leaving his bald head and grey hairs exposed.
  4. A puppet-like costume used in some traditional dances and festivals that gives its wearer the appearance of a man on horseback.
  5. An early bicycle with no pedals or brakes; a draisienne.


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