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Hobby-horse, 1) one of the principal parts played in the ancient morris-dance, but of late growing out of use: “the h. is forgot,” LLL III, 30. Hml. III, 2, 142. Hml. III, 2, 142
2) a term of contempt for a loose and frivolous person, either male or female: “which these --s must not hear,” Ado III, 2, 75. “callest thou my love h.?” LLL III, 31. “my wife's a h.” Wint. I, 2, 276 (O. Edd. holy-horse). “give it your h.” Oth. IV, 1, 160.
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