steeplechasing

steeplechasing

[stee-puhl-chey-sing]
noun
the sport of riding or running in a steeplechase.

Origin:
steeplechase + -ing1

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steeplechase

[stee-puhl-cheys]
noun
1.
a horse race over a turf course furnished with artificial ditches, hedges, and other obstacles over which the horses must jump.
2.
a point-to-point race.
3.
a foot race run on a cross-country course or over a course having obstacles, as ditches, hurdles, or the like, which the runners must clear.
verb (used without object), steeplechased, steeplechasing.
4.
to ride or run in a steeplechase.

Origin:
1795–1805; steeple + chase1; so called because the course was kept by sighting a church steeple

steeplechaser, noun
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steeplechase (ˈstiːpəlˌtʃeɪs)
 
n
1.  a horse race over a course equipped with obstacles to be jumped, esp artificial hedges, ditches, water jumps, etc
2.  a track race, usually of 3000 metres, in which the runners have to leap hurdles, a water jump, etc
3.  archaic
 a.  a horse race across a stretch of open countryside including obstacles to be jumped
 b.  a rare word for point-to-point
 
vb
4.  (intr) to take part in a steeplechase
 
[C19: so called because it originally took place cross-country, with a church tower serving as a landmark to guide the riders]
 
'steeplechasing
 
n

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