Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wooden horse mounted on rockers for the recreation of children; a hobby-horse.
- n. alternative spelling of rocking horse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The figure of a horse, mounted upon rockers, for children to ride.
- n. a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride
“The little plaintiff or defendant who was promised a new rocking-horse when Jarndyce and Jarndyce should be settled has grown up, possessed himself of a real horse, and trotted away into the other world.”
“When one's hair can rise no further, a final statement of the gallop theme brings us to the closing phrases of the work, with a rocking-horse series of E-major and B-major chords, a last powerful descent of those noble trombones, and a rousing tutti flourish to crown the ending in triumph.”
“Before it made games, Namco was a small Tokyo company, founded in 1955 and offering electronic rocking-horse kiddie rides at department stores.”
“Then he leaned forward, and the mare rose into a rocking-horse canter.”
“Painters were both thrilled and dismayed that a horse in motion was so little like the images of rocking-horse gallopers they had been painting for ever, and the very idea of painterly accuracy began to disintegrate.”
“So his little cow-hops and evasions were not even particularly frightening, let alone dislodging, and when I did sort myself out and reinstate an appropriate contact, he cantered with his big rocking-horse cadence again and I remembered that riding properly is nicer in every way.”
“It is all set in a most beautiful old house, with a rocking-horse and old-style Dolls House in the panelled hall as you enter.”
“I got Elle into her perfect, cadenced, hypnotic, rocking-horse canter, and despite my various infirmities, I felt like I could stay there all day.”
“Then I got rocking-horse legs and stood about four feet high, like a midget.”
“It is like riding on a rocking-horse, where your utmost exertion never carries you a foot forward; it is a kind of mental treadmill, where you are perpetually climbing, but can never rise an inch.”
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