hobby horse

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.
  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.
  • French: dada, cheval bâton, cheval chaussette
  • German: Steckenpferd
  • Italian: cavalluccio di legno
  • Russian: конёк
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