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steeplechasing

[stee-puh l-chey-sing] /ˈsti pəlˌtʃeɪ sɪŋ/
noun
1.
the sport of riding or running in a steeplechase.
Origin of steeplechasing

steeplechase

[stee-puh l-cheys] /ˈsti pəlˌtʃeɪs/
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
Related forms
steeplechaser, noun
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Examples from the Web for steeplechasing
Historical Examples
  • Purler, a heavy fall from a horse in the hunting or steeplechasing field.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • steeplechasing and racing I must touch on, and the little I have to say will not be in its favour.

  • Accidents caused by a foot going through a stirrup have often occurred to men from falls when hunting and steeplechasing.

    The Horsewoman Alice M. Hayes
  • The unfortunate beast had learned to do everything—running, steeplechasing, jumping, army service.

    The Red Battle Flyer Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
  • For the same reason, dust thrown up by the leaders, is not unfrequently the cause of accidents at steeplechasing in India.

    The Horsewoman Alice M. Hayes
  • The trouble came, he explained, from a fall he had received the year before steeplechasing.

    Somewhere in France Richard Harding Davis
  • Although not keen on polo he was very fond of steeplechasing.

    Sir John French Cecil Chisholm
  • The same may be said of drag hunting, which I hold to be no place for a lady, any more than steeplechasing.

    The Barb and the Bridle Vielle Moustache
  • With the average Nimrod of modern days, I venture then to assert that fox-hunting is only a modified form of steeplechasing.

  • steeplechasing is a Grand-National sport, but it is the sport of the rich, whereas hunting is not.

British Dictionary definitions for steeplechasing

steeplechase

/ˈstiːpəlˌtʃeɪs/
noun
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)
  1. a horse race across a stretch of open countryside including obstacles to be jumped
  2. a rare word for point-to-point
verb
4.
(intransitive) to take part in a steeplechase
Derived Forms
steeplechasing, noun
Word Origin
C19: so called because it originally took place cross-country, with a church tower serving as a landmark to guide the riders
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Word Origin and History for steeplechasing

steeplechase

n.

1793 (earlier steeplehunt, 1772), from steeple + chase (n.). Originally a race with a visible church steeple as a goal.

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