‘Hobby-horse’

A hobby-horse is a subject or an idea that you have very strong feelings about. You love talking about it at great length whenever you get an opportunity to.

Example: Corruption is a favourite hobby-horse of my father’s. * Deepak is usually a great person to be with. But once he gets on his hobby-horse, he can be downright boring.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ (The Hindu) – December 18, 2006.

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