hobbyhorse


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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

ride one's hobbyhorse, to

To dwell on one’s favorite theory or project. The term alludes to the popular children’s toy, a stick mounted with a horse’s head on which youngsters “ride.” It was transferred to pet schemes and ideas by the early seventeenth century. “Almost every person hath some hobby horse or other wherein he prides himself,” wrote Sir Matthew Hale in 1676. See also ax to grind.
See also: ride
References in periodicals archive ?
In 2012, a filmmaker, Selma Vilhunen, stumbled across internet discussion boards used by hobbyhorse enthusiasts and was enraptured.
The toolbox came about because we want to give back to the hobbyhorse community and create a platform for people to learn about the community, the sport, and the art of hobbyhorsing.
This whole episode brings me back to an old hobbyhorse of mine: the need for all Israeli schoolchildren, Jews and Arabs, to learn the history of the country.
The executive has made the abolition of banking secrecy its hobbyhorse. It notes that cooperation with the United States on FATCA should be very useful in the context of "the EU's efforts to promote global application of the automatic exchange of information for tax purposes".
His statement that the shake-up will cement the firm grip of the rich on elite universities shows that he is unaware of the programmes undertaken by those universities to promote access to all social groups, and it appears that he is just riding his usual hobbyhorse. Fergus Molloy, L31
They tease his or her understanding, sometimes pulling it deeper into the unknown, sometimes merely providing the reader a hobbyhorse to whip toward a familiar destination--usually eros or Thanatos, in my experience.
Not like our red hobbyhorse that I can ride whenever I want.
With no sensible policies to offer, Ataka has seized on opposition to Turkey joining the European Union as a rather shaky hobbyhorse to plod forward to next year's polls.
Copley is often unintelligible as "a functioning lunatic", who paints his face blue and pretends to be Braveheart, riding a hobbyhorse into battle against the English.
Chapter 4 investigates a popular hobbyhorse of Berlin Dada artists--the criticism and rejection of modes of identity like the military authoritarian figure in Weimar culture.
It formed the basis of the pigment that colored the wrappers of sweets, and the dye in the paint that made little Billy's hobbyhorse glow all the brighter.
Over the weekend of May 28-31, 600 villagers act as Grenadiers, a hobbyhorse, a fool and peasants, whilst scouring Combe Martin for the 'Earl of Rone'.
Several amusing scenes find his charisma in full operation as he jovially commands conversation from high atop one hobbyhorse or another.
The Posthuman Dada Guide is arranged alphabetically for quick reference, with entries such as "dada-the word." Tristan Tzara's claim that he found it is backed up by its existence as the word da in Romanian and Russian, meaning "yes," thus "yesyes." Hulsenbeck claimed that he discovered the word by opening the Petit Larousse and finding the word dada, a French word for a children's hobbyhorse. Tzara and Lenin play several games of chess in a row.