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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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There is a balance to be struck between the need for regulation and a respect for an individual's right to pursue an enjoyable activity when it came to hobbyist flying, it was felt.
RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc the global distributor for engineers, has signed an authorised distribution agreement with Adafruit Industries, a leader in open-source hardware, tools, equipment and electronics for makers and hobbyists of all ages and skill levels, and anyone wanting to learn about electronics.
The company produces a wide range of sensors for education and hobbyists. Their products include solar power systems for LEGO robots, a GPS guidance system, WIFI communications for LEGOs, and pressure temperature sensors for the Mindstorms NXT system.
9-11 49th Annual Texas Indian Hobbyist Association Dance.
If you were an amused aficionado or conspiracy folklore in 1963, you were a lone hobbyist or specialist.
This revised edition of a popular technique-oriented book is directed toward beginning painters in either school or hobbyist settings.
To fly these aircraft, there are 2 categories: a hobbyist or a commercial.
The cutouts Faust has been making are far more elaborate and minutely detailed than any your kids are likely to try, but if that were the only difference one would be hard put to think of Faust as anything more than a hobbyist. In fact there is a formal richness to these inventions that belies their modest means.
"Under the FAA model aircraft rules, a 10-year-old hobbyist can freely fly model aircraft for recreation, while our nation's scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are prohibited from using the same technology in the same types of environments,'' the letter said.
Amersham, August 12, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Launched in 2008 with the aim of bringing social media-powered ecommerce to the hobbyist community, Martingale's portfolio of sites has grown to include specialist sites for diecast enthusiasts, slot car racers and model train enthusiasts - as well as HobbyTalk.com, one of the internet's longest-established communities, catering to all of the above as well as modelers and radio control enthusiasts.
It's not the title of a hobbyist's manual, nor the latest iteration of a corporate slogan.
I made a serendipitous discovery over 20 years ago as a computer hobbyist. I discovered that silicon would explode when I accidentally injected 15,000 volts into some integrated circuits designed for 5 volts.
Studio DV, one of the most popular consumer video editing products in the US and Europe, is an internal PCI solution targeted at the consumer video hobbyist. Compatible with today's Pentium class PCs, Studio DV is designed for use with camcorders equipped with FireWire/1394 inputs and outputs, such as Sony's Digital8 models.
Made for engineers of all levels from the professional and established designers to the hobbyist, Do-it-Yourselfer (DIY) and Maker communities, the 8-bit megaAVR MCUs are ideal for applications in a variety of markets including automotive, industrial, consumer and white goods.
At the recent Horticulture 2014, the garden show put up by the Philippine Horticultural Society in Quezon City, the Best-Plant-In-Show was exhibited by a plant hobbyist who collects rare plants from wherever they are available and nurture them in his garden.