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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HOBBIES

Whately was a man of hobbies, and horticulture was one of these.

But the true man of that type had found all hobbies fail him.

But the world, Auberon, the real world, is not run on these hobbies.

He chooses his hobbies and “rides” them entirely on his own initiative.

Cochran knew the Major intimately, his hobbies and aversions.

It was all those scientific men with their hobbies that led us such a dance!

You can have all your damn relaxations and hobbies, or what have you.

You were always so patient with my hobbies that I thought you would be interested in this too.

"Hobbies and social activities are not bad," Baker said, after a time.

Of course, mine cost a little money, but that's one of my hobbies.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., hobyn, "small horse, pony," later "mock horse used in the morris dance," and c.1550 "child's toy riding horse," which led to hobby-horse in a transferred sense of "favorite pastime or avocation," first recorded 1670s, shortened to hobby by 1816. The connecting notion being "activity that doesn't go anywhere." Probably originally a proper name for a horse (cf. dobbin), a diminutive of Robert or Robin. The original hobbyhorse was a "Tourney Horse," a wooden or basketwork frame worn around the waist and held on with shoulder straps, with a fake tail and horse head attached, so the wearer appears to be riding a horse. These were part of church and civic celebrations at Midsummer and New Year's throughout England.

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