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Hunky dory

An American expression meaning splendid, dates from the mid-19th century but the origin is obscure. Many different theories abound, from honchi-dori a...

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Hurdy-gurdy

A rhyming compound word suggested by the sound of the musical instrument it describes, which is a stringed instrument driven by a wheel turned by hand...

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Hurly-burly

This expression dates from the 16th century and means an uproar or tumultuous disturbance. In the 1400s, the word hurling meant commotion or strife an...

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Hush money

Hush money is money paid as a bribe to keep someone quiet about something or other and dates in this sense from the early 18th century.


Hussar

Derives from the Hungarian huszar and Old Serbian husar and denotes a mounted raider and later a light cavalryman. In Hungary during the 15th century,...

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