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hobby-horse

A subject, topic, or issue about which one frequently or incessantly talks, expounds, or complains. The term can also be spelled as a single word. 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 hobbyhorse again about the need for healthcare reform.
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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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Use your pattern to draw two hobby horse outlines on the colored poster paper.
HE is on his hobby horse again - yes I am and proud to be there!
The objet d' art, similar to a hobby horse, was used on Palm Sunday to help the congregation remember Jesus' entry to Jerusalem on a donkey.
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Reviving fox-hunting is a cruel hobby horse of a Prime Minister who is a blast from the past, determined to turn back the clock to an era when killing animals for fun was a pastime for him and his pink-faced chums.
When visitors are not travelling back through the centuries on the Eternity Engine tractor, trying to avoid dinosaurs and the T-Rex, they'll be playing cowboys in the Wild West carnival, with tincan shootouts, hobby horse rodeo and the chance to try their hand at lassoing.
But Martin George, head of the prestigious fee-paying Durham School, which this year celebrates its 600th anniversary, said the two sectors offer "very different" types of education and dismissed dismissing Mr Gove's project as "southern-centric" and a "hobby horse of the chattering classes."
Pirie Whitchurch, Cardiff | NATIONALIST A Nutt is back on his hobby horse of criticising Labour''s commitment to the Living Wage (Echo, September 25).
Fresh from her first solo exhibition at the Customs House across the Tyne in South Shields, artist Joss Wrigg will be exhibiting her Hobby Horse series, created using the fleece from rare breeds of sheep.
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).
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.
In response to P Olone's letter (Get Off Your Hobby Horse, 27.5.06) criticising Ron and Vivien Carter-Bonsteel's efforts in reporting crime and anti-social behaviour, and labelling them modern day Robin Hoods, is somewhat naive.
AFTER last Sunday's All-Ireland Hurling final it's time to mount an old hobby horse once more and ask the question: Just why are we selfishly keeping them from the world at large?