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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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While our parents were gainfully occupied even when they were not "at work", it was taken for granted that we would be too -- and it was easy for each of us to acquire hobbies that kept us happy, kept us out of mischief and out from under their feet.
They represent a new group of this generation encouraging others to uphold the positive benefits of engaging hobbies for a healthier society.
Seven or eight years ago, I would have said my hobbies were international travel, going to plays, music, and reading.
"Although our research showed certain hobbies aren't as popular now, we want to celebrate the variety of hobbies out there, regardless of how unusual."
Yahya explained: "Relying on the 3Cs approach (classes, community, and content) and Suplift's Discovery Events (Estakshif), we want people to discover their abilities and hobbies as well as promote their hidden talents."
Hobbies: Discovering cafes, traveling, watching series (mostly about crime and mystery)
The company also has a large family of school art teachers, craft and hobby teachers and experts, who are associated with the company for exchange of skills, techniques, innovations and trends in crafts & hobbies The initiative with Mrs Sherrill Kahn is a beginning of a series of such initiatives that Pidilite has planned, to enrichits teachers and craft experts community to the best of international trends and practices in this line.
Responding to the scale will not only give you an idea about whether you are engaged in a hobby, but will also inform you as to aspects of hobbies that make them positive self-care activities, e.g., free/affordable, fun/not purpose driven.
Popular hobbies in Egypt are usually centered on arts, sports, reading and writing, but only a few would put RC (radio control) car racing, planes and boats on the top of their list of hobbies.
Trainspotters and Morris dancers can defend their hobbies as a genetic inevitability, according to research published today.
Also, each participant judged the M-F of eight fictitious women (or men) described as possessing low or high instrumentality, low or high expressiveness, and hobbies typical of men or women.
Do you have any other hobbies? I also love waterskiing and I have a boat which I take out to the coast, at Brancaster in Norfolk.
I always thought of hobbies as something you did if you had any energy left after working 10 hours, fighting traffic, getting the kids to lessons and clubs, getting the shopping and cooking done, well, you get the picture.
Given the large size and growth trends, focus shifted to understanding the demographics as well as the lifestyle, hobbies and interests, shopping habits, and purchasing preferences of this group.
Susan McHale, a psychologist at Penn State University, compared students' hobbies with their interest levels and grades in math and language arts.