Etymology
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steeplechase (n.)

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

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Definitions of steeplechase

steeplechase (n.)
a footrace of usually 3000 meters over a closed track with hurdles and a water jump;
steeplechase (n.)
a horse race over an obstructed course;
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