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Hex

This word originates in America from Pennsylvanian German hexe meaning a witch and dates from the mid-19th century. By the early 20th century, it mean...

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Hey

Hey is probably the oldest form of greeting in the English language and the OED says it first made its appearance c. 1225. Today, it is not so much a...

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Hey presto

Hey presto, usually followed by an exclamation mark, means 'suddenly as if by magic' and is first recorded from the late 18th century as a stock phras...

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Hi

Hi is one of the oldest forms of greeting in the English language. It is very much older than hello. The OED says that hi is a parallel form of hey, w...

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Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go

This catchphrase is from the seven dwarfs’ song in the Walt Disney animation Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Did you know that 85.7% of dwarfs...

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Hi ho, Silver

This was the Lone Ranger’s catchphrase when summoning his horse Silver. The American radio series of the Lone Ranger ran from 1933-1954 and the TV ser...

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Hide nor hair

see Neither hide nor hair


Hide one’s light under a bushel

This saying is usually expressed in the negative form as in do not hide your light under a bushel and means do not be shy in displaying your full tale...

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Hide the sausage/salami

Slang for sexual intercourse since the late 20th century and has given rise to expressions like sausage wallet meaning vagina.


Hidebound

This word dates from the 1500s when it was first used to describe inferior, emaciated cattle, where the skin would hang tightly to the bones and flesh...

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Hiding

Hiding meaning a thrashing is a colloquialism dating from the early 19th century. It derives from the mid-18th century verb hide meaning to flay the s...

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Hiding to nothing

see On a hiding to nothing


Higgle-haggle

Higgle is simply a variation of haggle meaning to cavil, wrangle or dispute as to terms in reaching an agreement. In higgle-haggle, the repetition is...

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Higgledy-piggledy

This means disorder or confusion and is one of those largely nonsense, rhyming expressions that the language is so fond of, perhaps because children f...

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High

High can mean intoxicated from alcohol and dates in this sense from the 1600s but from the 1930s could also mean intoxicated from drugs and in this se...

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