Hobby-horse

Definitions

  • I had a little hobby-horse
    I had a little hobby-horse
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hobby-horse a stick or figure of a horse on which boys ride: one of the chief parts played in the ancient morris-dance:
    • n Hobby-horse (Shak.) a term of contempt for a loose and frivolous person, male or female
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A HERO TO HIS HOBBY-HORSE A HERO TO HIS HOBBY-HORSE

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. hobyn, hoby, prob. Hob, a by-form of Rob. Hence also O. Fr. hobin, hobi (Fr. aubin).

Usage

In literature:

Sparta becomes human to us when we think of Agesilaus on his hobby-horse.
"The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V" by James Russell Lowell
Prof. Smith: Every man likes to ride his own hobby horse.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
May your hobby-horse carry you happily through the world!
"Child Life In Town And Country" by Anatole France
My father ought to know that I am too old for a hobby-horse.
"Last Words" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Nobody will waste a Saturday afternoon riding on his hobby-horse.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
They rode hobby-horses and beat each other with bladders.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
I declare I never had anything make me feel so ancient as the sight of this old hobby-horse.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
The sweet children rode on their hobby-horses through all the rooms when they came to see the grandparents.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Our friend makes these books a sort of hobby-horse, and perhaps indulges his vanity in them to excess.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
There he rides his hobby-horse again.
"The Politician Out-Witted" by Samuel Low
Hobby-horse Regiment, The, 304.
"Harper's Young People, 1880 Index" by Various
Louder and wilder the merriment grows, For the hobby-horse comes, and his rider he throws!
"The Baron's Yule Feast: A Christmas Rhyme" by Thomas Cooper
Now Judy is got on her hobby-horse, she will take a long ride.
"The Fairchild Family" by Mary Martha Sherwood
If he had a hobby-horse, it was that.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
In Sir Walter Scott's "Monastery" there is a spirited description of the hobby-horse.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
Miss Martin says he looks more like a chubby hobby-horse.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
Edith bent to her horse's mane; and Lyn rode straight to Hobby Lull.
"Stepsons of Light" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
The young rogues use them as hobby-horses and lose them, and down they come, and the sentinels cannot stop them.
"The Land of Lost Toys" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
This was the political hobby-horse on which his opponent gained the race.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
THE HOBBY HORSE, OR OLD BALL.
"Lancashire Folk-lore" by John Harland
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In poetry:

Upon his hobby horse
Then he went to take a ride,
With his pretty Spaniel Flash
By his side, side, side.
"Walter And His Dog" by Eliza Lee Follen
His fortune swell'd on either hand;
His hobby-horse was buying land;
Could in that jockyship excel,
For all allow he rode him well.
"The Tobacconist" by William Hutton
Then Hobbie Noble has dream'd a dream,
In the Foulbogshiel, where that he lay;
He thought his horse was neath him shot,
And he himself got hard away.
"Hobbie Noble" by Andrew Lang

In news:

A 30-year ride on a hobby horse By Lonnae O'Neal Parker Monday, July 16, 2012.
See, Dilks is a country singer, DeMarco's is a Brisbane honky-tonk , and Dilks' friend Leonard Iniguez has a horse named Hobby who's willing to be photographed with Dilks -- it all works out.
Nipper said she never dreamed that what she considered a hobby would make her the now- renowned portrait artist of more than 30 world grand champion horses.
The Hot Springs track on Monday said horses from the stables of trainers Kenny Smith and Steve Hobby were the first to arrive.
The poster child for IRS attacks on hobby losses is probably the horse breeding business.
Deacon Peckham's 'Hobby Horse'.
See, Dilks is a country singer, DeMarco's is a Brisbane honky -tonk, and Dilks' friend Leonard Iniguez has a horse named Hobby who's willing to be photographed with Dilks -- it all works out.
So, instead of canceling a children's rodeo event in Utah last Thursday, the organizers came up with the worst idea ever: They had girls compete by riding HOBBY horses instead of real ones.
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