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hobby-horse (2 not pre-S.)
1. in the morris-dance, a figure of a horse made of light material and fastened round the waist of a performer, who went through various antics; only in quotation from a ballad (perhaps satirizing Puritan opposition to ‘May-games’) LLL. III. i. 32 “The hobby-horse is forgot,” Ham. III. ii. 144-5
2. frivolous fellow, buffoon Ado III. ii. 75; light woman LLL. III. i. 33, Wint. I. ii. 276 (Ff “HolyHorse”), Oth. IV. i. 158.
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    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 3.2
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