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  • n. Alternative spelling of rocking horse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The figure of a horse, mounted upon rockers, for children to ride.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wooden horse mounted on rockers for the recreation of children; a hobby-horse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride


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  • 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.

    Jarndyce and Jarnyce transplanted to Italy

  • 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.

    The Splendid Start to a Farewell to Opera

  • Before it made games, Namco was a small Tokyo company, founded in 1955 and offering electronic rocking-horse kiddie rides at department stores.

    Pac-Man hits 30 without losing its way

  • Then he leaned forward, and the mare rose into a rocking-horse canter.

    Silence and Stone

  • 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.

    Eadweard Muybridge: Feet off the ground

  • 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.

    Yatima » 2010 » February

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • 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.

    Yatima » 2009 » April

  • Then I got rocking-horse legs and stood about four feet high, like a midget.

    Heart of a Patriot

  • 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.

    Chronicles of the Canongate


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