handkercher


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handkercher

(ˈhæŋkətʃə)
n
(Clothing & Fashion) a nonstandard word for handkerchief
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I have a big bone to pick with he, I can assure 'n!' And some way behind her mother walked Jack's young woman, crying bitterly into her handkercher. 'O Lard, here's a time!' said Jack, looking out o' winder at 'em.
I'm here and there, and where not, like the conjurer's half-crown in the lady's handkercher. Talking of handkerchers - and talking of ladies - what a comfort you are to your blessed mother, ain't you, my dear boy, over one of my shoulders, and I don't say which!'
"Book!" repeated Hawkeye, with singular and ill-concealed disdain; "do you take me for a whimpering boy at the apronstring of one of your old gals; and this good rifle on my knee for the feather of a goose's wing, my ox's horn for a bottle of ink, and my leathern pouch for a cross-barred handkercher to carry my dinner?
I mistaken on a point that, even at the present moment, makes me take out my pocket- handkercher like a great girl, as people say: though I am sure I don't know why a great girl should be a term of reproach, for every rightly constituted male mind loves 'em great and small.
At tea, my prisoner got up to fetch her pocket handkercher from the bedroom where the bonnets was; she was rather a long time gone and came back a little out of wind.
but do not tell him I go with a staff, throws the staff away a handkercher girl, me thinks my nose drops, and my lips are clammy.
(28) Davies never mentions a napkin and the sole handkerchief ('handkercher') in his verse does not wipe away tears.
In Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy (1585), Hieronimo decides to keep a "handkercher besmeared with blood" to remember his son (2.5.105).
After cutting down his son's body and weeping over it, Hieronimo seizes on the object still attached to Horatio's lifeless arm: See'st thou this handkercher besmeared with blood?
she lamed Newman of Stratforde a tanner, how shee stole an handkercher from his wife and after five dayes keeping it sent it backe againe by one of her neighbours who delivering it, faire, and white, to Newmans mayd, presently there fell three dropps of bloud upon it one after another, and the mayd amazed giving it to her mistris it became all over red as bloud most wonderfull.(20)
When your head did but ache, I knit my handkercher about your brows-- The best I had, a princess wrought it And I did never ask it you again; And with my hand at midnight held your head; And like the watchful minutes to the hour, Still and anon cheered up the heavy time, Saying, "What lack you?" and "Where lies your grief?" Or "what good love may I perform for you?" (41-49)
Your handkercher, sweet tutor, to wipe them off, as fast as they come on!" (3.2.181-83).