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Since the early 19th century was dialectical for tramping or marching but from the 1920s has become Standard English for walking for pleasure and/or e...

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Hill of beans

see Not worth a hill/row of beans


Hip is an American slang expression that dates from the late 19th/early 20th century and means with it or informed. Its origin is obscure but is thoug...

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Hip, hip, hooray

This way of starting a communal cheer has been around since the 18th century but no one knows why the cheer (hooray or hurrah) is preceded by the word...

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His nibs

Nib used to be slang for an upper class person or toff in the late 18th/early 19th century and is possibly a variation of nob, which was slang for a p...

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History is bunk

This quotation is famously attributed to Henry Ford although he never actually said it. What he said in an interview with Charles N. Wheeler of the Ch...

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Hit a brick wall

see Brick wall

Hit a wall

see Hit the wall

Hit and run

As in a hit-and-run accident dates from the 1920s, but from the 19th century it was of course a defining term in baseball.

Hit for six

see Knock someone for six

Hit pay dirt

An American expression derived from mining during the mid-1850s where to hit pay dirt was the same thing as striking it rich, literally striking or hi...

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Hit someone for six

see Knock someone for six

Hit the bottle

Meaning to drink alcohol excessively dates from the late 19th century.

Hit the ground running

To get off to a brisk, successful start in any project, an American expression dates from the late 19th century. Its origin is not military as often s...

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Hit the hay/sack

An American expression that dates from the late 19th century and means go to bed. Mattresses in those days were often nothing more than sacking stuffe...

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