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  • n. Alternative spelling of hobby horse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the principal performers in a morris-dance, having a figure of a horse made of wickerwork supported about his waist, and his feet concealed by a housing. He performed antics imitating the motions of a horse, and various juggling tricks.
  • n. A person who acts in a foolish, subservient manner.
  • n. A wooden figure of a horse, usually provided with rockers, for children to ride on.
  • n. A favorite pursuit or topic: now commonly hobby. See hobby, n., 3.
  • n. A kind of velocipede; the draisine.


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  • Then there's hope a great man's memory may outlive his life half a year: but, by'r lady, he must build churches, then; or else shall he suffer not thinking on, with the hobby-horse, whose epitaph is 'For, O, for, O,the hobby-horse is forgot.' -Hamlet: III, ii

    'For, O, for, O, the hobby-horse is forgot' is a composition by Harrison Birtwistle for a Chamber Ensemble sans voices.

    A similar quote appears in Love's Labor's Lost. I do not know the significance of the quote.

    December 10, 2006