Origin of Horseplay?

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Horseplay originates from the fact that horses enjoy frolicking, running and charging around to release energy, and sometimes there is little warning that a horse is going to bolt. From these actions then comes the meaning as being rough or a boisterous play. It was coined between 1580 and 1590.
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English Morris dancers were often accompanied by players riding wooden hobby horses. These horses were expected to perform many antics and move about uncontrollably.
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"Horseplay" was first used in 1589, but the specific etymology of the
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I can't find the origin, but the word has been used with its contemporary meaning since 1589. Source(s) OED.
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Unfortunately I don't have any answer to this. One of my favorite sources, the Online Etymological Dictionary, says only that it was first used in 1528. Usually horseplay is used
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