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hobby-horse

A subject, topic, or issue about which one frequently or incessantly talks, expounds, or complains. Ah, here we go again. Once grandpa gets on his hobby-horse about the government, there's no stopping him!

get on (one's) hobby-horse

To frequently or incessantly talk or complain about a subject, topic, or issue in which one is excessively interested. Ah, here we go again. Once grandpa gets on his hobby-horse about the government, there's no stopping him!
See also: get, on

ride (one's) hobby-horse

To frequently or incessantly talk or complain about a subject, topic, or issue in which one is excessively interested. Ah, here we go again. Once grandpa starts riding his hobby-horse about the government, there's no stopping him!
See also: ride

on (one's) hobby-horse

Frequently or incessantly talking about a subject, topic, or issue in which one is excessively interested. Ah, here we go again. Once Grandpa gets on his hobby-horse about the government, there's no stopping him! Uh oh, sounds like Janet is on her hobby-horse again about the need for healthcare reform.
See also: on

a ˈhobby horse

a subject that somebody feels strongly about and likes to talk about: Sorry, I’m starting to get on my hobby horse! (= talk about my favourite subject).
See also: hobby, horse
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Kelly Kilmer said she also has noticed more people wanting to find hobbies to do at home.
Gelber divides hobbies into collecting and crafts, focusing on how both emerge after 1880 as hobbies become seen less as a problematic obsession and more as a productive use of leisure.
He seems to think hobbies need to be physical and active, which I can't quite get my head around.
Indeed, the steady rise in popularity of knitting - enjoyed by celebrities such as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Russell Crowe - has reinvigorated interest in crafty hobbies.
Girls' hobbies are more expensive than boys', costing parents an average of pounds 472.
Filling his leisure time with hobbies - or nothing at all - won't be difficult, he said.