pocket-handkerchief


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pocket-handkerchief

n
a handkerchief that is carried in a pocket
adj
small; of restricted size

hand•ker•chief

(ˈhæŋ kər tʃɪf, -ˌtʃif)

n.
1. a small piece of fabric, usu. square, used for wiping the nose, eyes, etc., or worn as an accessory.
2. a neckerchief or kerchief.
[1520–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pocket-handkerchief - a handkerchief that is carried in a pocket
handkerchief, hankey, hankie, hanky - a square piece of cloth used for wiping the eyes or nose or as a costume accessory
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He looked poorly, and was dressed in a red cotton pocket-handkerchief.
PRESENTLY Peter let the pocket-handkerchief go again.
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My business, however, is with the effect produced on the pocket-handkerchiefs, and not with that produced on the laborers.
We wheeled him off into a narrow street, where he took out his pocket-handkerchief, and stood with his back to a wall.
Without attending to this invocation, we stood by, until he put up his pocket-handkerchief, pulled up his shirt-collar, and, to delude any person in the neighbourhood who might have been observing him, hummed a tune with his hat very much on one side.
Amy,' said the father, passing his pocket-handkerchief several times across his face, and then grasping it convulsively in the hand that dropped across his knee, 'I have done what I could to keep you select here; I have done what I could to retain you a position here.
I suppose she had a nose; a little lace pocket-handkerchief I have by me at the moment is almost too small to be evidence on that important point.
It appears, at first sight not unreasonable to suppose, that, if he had entertained a becoming feeling of respect for the prediction of the gentleman in the white waistcoat, he would have established that sage individual's prophetic character, once and for ever, by tying one end of his pocket-handkerchief to a hook in the wall, and attaching himself to the other.
So, we all put our pocket-handkerchiefs to our faces, as if our noses were bleeding, and filed out two and two; Joe and I; Biddy and Pumblechook; Mr.