hobbyhorse


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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
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A lot of hobbyhorse enthusiasts are still worried about how theyre seen, as many have faced some sort of bullying or ridicule, says Vilhelmiina Keskil, hobbyhorsing enthusiast.
If Britons somehow survived the hobbyhorse, the pub, and the dinner dumplings, their doctors could still do them in.
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.
Several amusing scenes find his charisma in full operation as he jovially commands conversation from high atop one hobbyhorse or another.
29) almost snarling while waving a hobbyhorse in the twitching faces of would-be buyers, a revelation of the subtle class warfare lurking beneath carnival surfaces.
The vivid gouache illustrations fairly leap off the page, enlivening the trusty hobbyhorse tales to a whole new level.
Having inhaled this blast of oxygen, Caldwell is ready to turn to that old neoconservative hobbyhorse, the unbridgeable gulf between Europe and the United States.
The OECD mounted its self-righteous hobbyhorse and declared itself owner of the moral high ground.
Seeking to underline a particular avenue of political thought or hobbyhorse, or jump on a recently built bandwagon, politicians will demand of their nation's athletes that they not take part in some upcoming major event.
In earlier writings he asks how a stick figure can for a child stand for a hobbyhorse.
The image built on Al-Bassam's Al-Hamlet Summit, where the Islamist Hamlet's games with a hobbyhorse had expressed much that Hamlet himself could not.
their political hobbyhorse to ride, I've got nothing but loathing for them.
At moments he rides a hobbyhorse or two, makes a questionable assessment, but these moments prove infrequent--and are more than atoned for by the splendid treatment of the commentator's own special subject.
On the one hand lies the Scylla of synecdochic fallacy (these select texts prove a global thesis); on the other, the Charybdis of the critical hobbyhorse (Othello and Othellophilia are everywhere, especially where one expects them least).
Another hobbyhorse I have is re-use and carryover," continues Pfannschmidt.