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Haberdasher

By some unknown quirk, this word has come to mean, in the UK, a dealer in sewing and dressmaking materials, while in the US it means a dealer in men’s...

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Hack

There are several meanings for the word hack but in the sense of a hack writer or anyone hired to do routine work, it is an abbreviation of hackneyed....

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Hackles up

see Make one’s hackles rise


Hackney, Hackneyed

see Hack


Had his or her chips

see Chips (had his or hers)


Hair of the dog

Refers to a little of the alcohol that one imbibed the day before the hangover, taken as a cure for the latter. Used in this figurative sense, it deri...

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Hair stand on end

see Make one’s hair stand on end


Hair’s breadth

see By/to/within a hair’s breadth


Hairy conniption

see Conniption


Hairy eyeball

see Give the hairy eyeball


Halcyon days

This phrase has been used to describe days of calm, blissful weather since the 16th century. Shakespeare used it in this way in 1591 in King Henry VI,...

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Half a loaf is better than none

Seems almost too obvious to be a proverb but an old proverb it was when it first appeared in English in John Heywood Proverbs (1546), “Better is half...

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Half cocked

To go off half-cocked is to initiate a course of action when not fully prepared and not conversant with all the relevant facts. This figurative use of...

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Half-cut

see Cut


Hallmark

Originally, since 1721, a hallmark was the official stamp of quality and genuineness for gold and silver articles as approved by Goldsmith's Hall in L...

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