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Steeple chase

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Steeple chase a race across country between a number of horsemen, to see which can first reach some distant object, as a church steeple; hence, a race over a prescribed course obstructed by such obstacles as one meets in riding across country, as hedges, walls, etc.
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Usage

In literature:

In point of fact, this jockey would have been the happiest mortal in the world if such things as steeple-chases had never existed.
"Baron Trigault's Vengeance" by Emile Gaboriau
No catch steeple-chasing if you're like that.
"Mike" by P. G. Wodehouse
Fancy an elephant steeple-chase.
"Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier" by James Inglis
Are you going to Tom Durfy's steeple-chase?
"Handy Andy, Volume One" by Samuel Lover
You can't go across country; if you attempt a steeple-chase, you will break your neck for your pains.
"Loss and Gain" by John Henry Newman
Such a steeple-chase it was!
"The Adventures of A Brownie" by Miss Mulock
What steed like thee in all Britain at a steeple-chase?
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
Lord Brougham's Chancery practice was only to be equalled by one of Lord Waterford's steeple-chases.
"Nuts and Nutcrackers" by Charles James Lever
In the tumultuous steeple chase of his existence he had brought her nothing but mortification.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
You should go to one of their steeple-chases and look at them tumbling about.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
There was the green silk cap, with its gold tassel, Alice had given him on his last steeple-chase.
"Tony Butler" by Charles James Lever
She set Moonlighter going, and was away in a moment, galloping him at the first fence at a pace that suited his steeple-chasing ideas.
"Some Experiences of an Irish R.M." by E. OE. Somerville
What odds will you give me against Mr. Tomlinson's brown colt, Vinegar Cruet, for the Conventford steeple-chase?
"The Doctor's Wife" by M. E. Braddon
Lord Brougham's Chancery practice was only to be equalled by one of Lord Waterford's steeple-chases.
"Nuts and Nutcrackers" by Charles James Lever
I had as lief try to hold an old hunter in a steeple-chase.
"Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast" by Samuel Adams Drake
I mean to wean him from steeple-chasing; but I like him to hunt.
"Mrs. Thompson" by William Babington Maxwell
Ride a steeple-chase on a Sunday!
"Sporting Society, Vol. I (of 2)" by Various
At intervals he placed my horses, horses he had trained for steeple chases.
"The Secret of the Silver Car" by Wyndham Martyn
It was a steeple chase of no unexciting character.
"Rutledge" by Miriam Coles Harris
I'd ride a steeple-chase, old as I am, to gratify her feelings.
"Felix Holt, The Radical" by George Eliot
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In news:

Steeple Chase stars Shalaya Kipp at Potts Field in Boulder.
Enlarge Jon Brouwer Special to MLive.com #5 Steven Haagsma from Calvin College leads the men's Steeple Chase Saturday at the Grand Rapids Open College Track Meet at Houseman Field.
The other half of a marathon couple in Redding is competing for a spot on team U.S.A. Sara Hall finished 3rd in the women's 3-thousand meter steeple chase just before five today.
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