a. A child's riding toy that consists of a long stick with an imitation horse's head on one end.
b. See rocking horse.
a. A figure of a horse worn attached to the waist of a mummer, as in a morris dance.
b. A person wearing such a figure.
a. A favorite hobby.
b. A topic that one frequently brings up or dwells on; a fixation.
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