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 Hobby.Hob’edy-hoig, 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Hobby-horse.
 
A child’s plaything, so called from the hobby-horse of the ancient morris-dance; a light frame of wicker-work, appropriately draped, in which someone was placed, who performed ridiculous gambols.   1
       
“The hobby-horse doth hither prance,
Maid Marrian and the Morris dance.”
       
(1221.)
 


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