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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 other hobbyists stroll along town with their cameras on occasions, Oscar devotes his weekends perfecting his craft.
More than half (54%) of hobbyists report using dev kits at least once per quarter for personal projects.
With the increasing popularity of DIY electronics and 3D printing, it is fair to assume that progress will continue to empower the home hobbyist with ever more capable and user-friendly fabrication techniques.
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The FAA allows hobbyists to use model aircraft or small drones so long as they keep them away from airports, fly them under 400 feet (121 meters) and keep the aircraft within sight of the remote-controlling operator at all times.
8220;HobbyTalk is our biggest and most successful site, one which has brought together millions of hobbyists worldwide,” said CEO Christian Braun.
Plant hobbyists are doing a more important role than you and I would think in the development of the horticulture industry.
Author and hobbyist Tony Koester, a contributing editor for "Model Railroader" magazine, covers the workings of signal system, controlling the purposeful movement of both passenger trains and cars, easy-to-use waybills that mimic the real thing, and much more.
The workshop was organized by the Oud Hobbyist Association affiliated to the Diwan of Royal Court.
Written by dedicated computer music hobbyist Richard Mansfield with the technical assistance of recording studio head engineer Andy McEwen, The Savvy Guide to Digital Music is a straightforward guide to the digital music revolution for readers of all backgrounds, from the technophobe to the savvy computer literate.
He comments that ``the AKC and CFA agree that hobbyist should not be breeding purebred dog and cats.
Never much of a hobbyist, he'd worked for years as an auto and airplane mechanic, a rocket tester at Rocketdyne, and later as an oil company worker.
The third site, 10 miles away, is on a farm owned by a hobbyist beekeeper.
Charts of construction and service dates for each locomotive type will aid the hobbyist in selecting a historically appropriate model for each setting.
If you're using one of them in the cockpit of an aircraft or a helicopter, with a lot of noise," h says, "you sure don't want speech produced by a hobbyist toy.