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hob·by·horse / ˈhäbēˌhôrs/ • n. 1. a child's toy consisting of a stick with a model of a horse's head at one end. ∎  a rocking horse. ∎  a model of a horse or a horse's head, typically of wicker, used in morris dancing or pantomime.2. a preoccupation; a favorite topic: one of her favorite hobbyhorses was about how people had to care for “the child inside.”