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Steeplechase a horse race run on a racecourse having ditches and hedges as jumps, originally so called because a steeple marked the finishing point across country; the term is first recorded in the Sporting Magazine of April 1793 of a race of this kind run near Galloway.

steeple-house a building with a steeple, especially (as a derogatory term) in early Quaker usage; the English founder of the Society of Friends, George Fox (1624–91), uses the term in describing the effect on him of seeing the spires of Lichfield.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure.


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