What does the word steeplechase mean?

Usage examples for steeplechase

  1. He goes out, in a skiff, or a pair, or a four- oar, or to a steeplechase through the hedges when Oxford, as in our illustration, is under water. – Oxford by Lang, Andrew
  2. " I had rather you didn't," said his father; " anyhow, your friend Saunders must find you a horse for I am not going to have one of mine spoilt again, and your own pony would make but a poor figure in a steeplechase." – Amos Huntingdon by T.P. Wilson
  3. But if I were a contractor, and you were trying to get me to commit myself to any such steeplechase, I should say no, and confirm it with a cuss- word. – Empire Builders by Francis Lynde