Hic Jacet to Hinges
Hic Jacet, an epitaph, a funeral. The first words on old tombstones = Here lies
The merit of service is seldom attributed to the true performed. I would have that drum or hic jacet [that is, die in my attempt to get it].Shakespeare: Alls Well that Ends Well (1598).
Hickathrift (Tom or Jack), a poor labourer in the time of the Conquest, of such enormous strength that he killed, with an axletree and cartwheel, a huge giant, who lived in a marsh at Tylney, in Norfolk. He was knighted, and made governor of Thanet. Hickathrift is sometimes called Hickafric.
When a man sits down to write a history, though it be but the history of Jack Hickathrift, he knows no more than his heels what lets he is to meet with in his way.Sterne.
Hickory (Old), general Andrew Jackson. He was first called Tough, then Tough as Hickory, and, lastly,
Old Hickory. Another story is that in 1813, when engaged in war with the Creek Indians, he fell short of
supplies, and fed his men on hickory nuts (17671845).
This general Andrew Jackson must not be confounded with general Thomas Jackson, better known as Stone-wall Jackson (18261863).
Hierocles (4 syl.), the first person who compiled jokes and bon mots. After a lifelong labour, he got
together twenty-eight, which he left to the world as his legacy. Hence arose the phrasë, An Hi
eroclean legacy, no legacy at all, a legacy of empty promises, or a legacy of no worth.
He that tries to recommend Shakespeare by select quotations, will succeed like the pedant in Hierocles, who, when he offered his house for sale, carried a brick in his pocket as a specimen.Dr. Johnson: Preface to Shakespeare
Hieronimo, the chief character of Thomas Kyds drama in two parts, pt. i. being called Hieronimo, and pt. ii. The Spanish Tragedy or Hieronimo is Mad Again. In the latter play, Horatio, only son of Hieronimo, sitting with Belimperia in an alcove, is murdered by his rival Balthazar and the ladys brother Lorenzo. The murderers hang the dead body on a tree in the garden, and Hieronimo, aroused by the screams of Belimperia, rushing into the garden, sees the dead body of his son, and goes raving mad (1588).
Higden (Mrs. Betty), an old woman nearly four score, very poor, but hating the union-house more than
she feared death. Betty Higden kept a mangle, and minded young children at four-pence a week. A
poor workhouse lad named Sloppy helped her to turn the mangle. Mrs. Boffin wished to adopt Johnny,
Bettys infant grandchild, but he died at the Childrens Hospital.
Higg, the son of Snell, the lame witness at the trial of Rebecca.Sir W. Scott: Ivanhoe (time, Richard I.).
Higgen, Prigg, Snapp, and Ferret, knavish beggars in The Beggars Bush, a drama by Fletcher (1622).
High and Low Heels, two factions in Lilliput. So called from the high and low heels of their shoes, badges of the two factions. The High-heels (tories and the high-church party) were the most friendly to the ancient constitution of the empire, but the emperor employed the Low-heels (whigs and low-churchmen) as his ministers of state.Swift: Gullivers Travels (Lilliput, 1726).
High Life Below Stairs, a farce by the Rev. James Townley. Mr. Lovel, a wealthy commoner, suspects his servants of wasting his substance in riotous living; so, pretending to go to his country seat in Devonshire,
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