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This American contraction of how do you do dates from the mid-19th century.


An error so glaring that it may be greeted by howls of disbelief, dates from the late 19th century.


Noise, confusion or uproar, a word of Gaelic origin from the 16th century, probably imitative and originally a battle cry that evolved into a meaning...

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An American expression meaning to nag or annoy, derives from the Yiddish hakn dates from the mid-20th century.


see I’m your huckleberry

Hue and cry

A widespread clamour or public outcry that dates back to Norman times when it was an Old French expression hu et cri. The modern French huer to shout...

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A tumultuous uproar or clamorous confusion dates from the mid-18th century and has appeared in many different spelling variations since the currently...

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Famously used by Ebenezer Scrooge to describe Christmas in Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol and means nonsense or rubbish. It dates from the mid-18th...

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Humungous is an American portmanteau word and this particular one, describing something very large, is a combination of huge, monstrous with perhaps a...

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A hunch meaning a presentiment or positive feeling that something or other will be the case is American and dates from the early 20th century. How thi...

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Hung jury

see Hang/hang it

Hungry as a bear, hawk, horse, hunter, lion, wolf etc

There are very many similes for phrases beginning with 'hungry as…' and most of them relate to animals like lions, wolves, bears, horses etc and most...

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Hungry as a horse

see Hungry as a bear, hawk, horse, hunter, lion, wolf etc

Hungry as a hunter

see Hungry as a bear, hawk, horse, hunter, lion, wolf etc

Hungry enough to eat a horse

see Eat a horse

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