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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!

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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Cue mistaken identity, fourpart harmony and a hobby horse.
Also available in the range is an Imperial Commander bracelet - "for the woman in your life" said Gillespie - and an Imperial Commander hobby horse, known affectionately as Nelly, after the Gold Cup winner's stable name.
REDNECK rookie Boo Weekley fuelled a booze-filled crowd in Kentucky as he rode his driver up the first fairway like a hobby horse behind Oliver Wilson's back (right).
ONCE again Robert Owen, Flintshire, gets on his hobby horse of attacking the Welsh language, with the same tired old cliches he repeats in his letters.
After collecting the horns from the church at 8am, the horn dancers, comprising of six deer men, a fool, hobby horse, bowman and Maid Marion, perform their dance to music provided by a melodian player at different locations around the village and surrounding farms and pubs, involving a walk of about ten miles.
In 1914 during the 150th anniversary celebration for the toy company, the owner dispatched carvers to Whalom Park to replicate an up-scaled version of one of the carousel horses: a 28-foot-high hobby horse.
The Maypole and riding the hobby horse are obvious phallic symbols dating from ancient times.
In this competition the Blues are not so much the small horse as the hobby horse.
This beautifully designed hobby horse will go down a treat with imaginative toddlers.
THE tiresome John W Gray of Washington is on his hobby horse again.
The Andrew Buchan pub features frosted windows and is painted red with the pub name written in script alongside the Rhymney hobby horse logo.
Given that this area of policy was the pet hobby horse of the Gazette's chief reporter of the time, Tom Stake, this indicates to me that Harcourt Johnstone was simply slotted into the seat via the PM as a way of giving some legitimacy to his Ministerial position (Johnstone was a close friend of Brendan Bracken MP, Churchill's eyes and ears in the Commons).
PHYLIP Hughes gets on his hobby horse with his reactionary anti-Welsh language rhetoric.
Twelve dancers six of them carrying reindeer antlers are accompanied by Maid Marion, a hobby horse, jester, a boy carrying a bow and arrow, another one playing a triangle to keep time, and an accordionist.
Brilliantly cheesy, as wooden as a hobby horse and great fun.