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Synonyms for hobby-horse

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For years, the issue of the viability of a Palestinian state has been the hobby-horse of countless pundits and activists.
This machine was later brought to Great Britain, where it became known as a hobby-horse or dandy horse.
For the regions, there is no doubt that this will be the hobby-horse for the coming months.
Over the course of the past half century, thermochronology (or thermochronometry) has developed from merely fission-track dating and being "a hobby-horse of nuclear physicists" to a broad field incorporating a whole spectrum of low-temperature radiometric methods for the earth sciences.
EXTRA attractions at Perth today are a hobby-horse Grand National for riders aged ten and under, with entry money going to a children's cancer charity, and an appearance by the Osiligi Maasai warrior troupe from Kenya.
Until then, the roughly three hours of video he had culled from various encounters in Haiti and New York with Dominique and his wife, Michele Montas, were still a handheld-DV hobby-horse.
Which brings me back to my hobby-horse. Both these authors dwell too much for my taste on the externalities of architecture and fail to ask rigorously whether all these ingenious and innovative plans and buildings have in fact done what their authors promised and delivered the goods in use?
"It's become a bit of a hobby-horse for some people to criticise our fitness," said Henry.
What began as the hobby-horse of a few isolated rightwing intellectuals has become a clamor for private accounts from think tanks and members of Congress.
HAMLET's reference to the hobby-horse as he waits for the Murder of Gonzago to begin (III.ii.125-6) has not been satisfactorily explained and there is some disagreement amongst editors.
The family-friendly event will transport visitors back in time to the Scottish army's campsite with a selection of tents showing what life was like, and features a host of activities, such as fighting and weapons demonstrations with dedicated re-enactors, hobby-horse jousting, calligraphy sessions and more.
He patented this design in 1818, which was the first commercially successful twowheeled, steerable, human-propelled machine which was nicknamed hobby-horse or dandy horse.
"As well as our Tudor spies, we had a Tilt Yard arena for hobby-horse jousting, lessons on longbow archery - which was compulsory activity on a Sunday in Tudor times so Henry VIII could ensure he had enough archers for his army - Tudor crafts to try including writing with quill and pen, brass rubbings and learning to be a trainee Tudor Apothecary."
Those running the organisation, certainly up until the current Alistair McLean/Edward Bentall regime of chief executive and senior steward, about whom it is still a little early to judge, have tended to be aloof and autocratic to the extent that there is precious little respect for the NGRC amongst those coming under their jurisdiction; more a resigned fear of being the target of their current hobby-horse.
But Cllr Morrissey added: "There is a wider issue here as well, it's not just about bin tax any more, it is being used by some as a hobby-horse for the local elections next June."