ride (one's) hobby-horse(redirected from they ride their hobbyhorse)
ride (one's) hobby-horse
To frequently or incessantly talk or complain about a subject, topic, or issue in which one is excessively interested. "Hobby-horse" can also be spelled as a single word. Ah, here we go again. Once grandpa starts riding his hobby-horse about the government, there's no stopping him! Uh oh, sounds like Janet is starting to ride her hobbyhorse again about the need for healthcare reform.
See also: ride
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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.
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