Steeplechase meaning

stēpəl-chās
A course of action containing many obstacles.
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(obs.) A cross-country horse race.
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A horse race run over a prepared course with artificial obstructions, such as ditches, hedges, and walls.
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A cross-country footrace or one run over a prepared course with ditches and other obstacles.
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To ride or run in a steeplechase.
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(chiefly UK) A horse race, either across open country, or over an obstacle course.
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An athletics event in which the runners have to run 3000 metres round a track, jumping hurdles and a water obstacle along.
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Origin of steeplechase

  • From the use of church steeples as landmarks

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition