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1. an activity pursued in spare time for pleasure or relaxation
2. Archaic or dialect a small horse or pony
3. an early form of bicycle, without pedals


any of several small Old World falcons, esp the European Falco subbuteo, formerly used in falconry



(Falco subbuteo), a predatory bird of the family Falconidae. The body length is 33 to 35 cm. The upper parts are black with a blue sheen, and the underparts, light with dark markings. The hobby is distributed in Europe, Asia, and North Africa; in the USSR it is found in the forest and forest-steppe zones and in the mountains of the Caucasus and Middle Asia. A migratory bird, it winters in southern Africa and Asia. In the spring it arrives no earlier than late April. It nests in trees in the abandoned nests of crows and other birds. The clutch contains two to four, sometimes five or six, eggs, which are incubated for 28 days. The hobby catches its prey in flight, attaining speeds of up to 150 km/hr. The diet includes small birds and insects, such as dragonflies and beetles. The hobby was formerly used as a hunting bird.


Ptitsy Sovetskogo Soiuza, vol. 1. Edited by G. P. Dement’ev and N. A. Gladkov. Moscow, 1951.
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Managing Director of Click Consult Matt Bullas said: "The social media revolution is not new, but for it to now take over from the nation's favourite pastime for the younger audience, truly indicates how quickly leisure habits are evolving in our digital age.
For those in their 30s, the most popular pastimes were going to the gym, eating out and watching television.
This sickening "sport" is so outdated in this computer age and the Royal family is so lacking in imagination because there are plenty of other pastimes to enjoy and all humane.
I fully support Mr Tooley's comments that these individuals should be dealt with effectively, to improve safety and the perception of a great and healthy, sport and pastime.
Clydesdale Bank retail director Steve Reid said: "As the credit crunch bites, many of us are looking at how we can cut costs but are reluctant to give up our favourite pastimes.
He is bemoaning the fact his jet-setting lifestyle has ruled out one of his favourite pastimes - playing bridge.
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But one thing is for certain, the increase in vehicles on the country's motorways will ensure that other great British pastime will stay with us for the forseeable future - waiting in traffic jams with the kids asking 'Are we there yet?