Handy


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Handy

W(illiam) C(hristopher). 1873--1958, US blues musician and songwriter, esp noted for the song "St Louis Blues"
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Clare got dat ar chest, he said, for dat; but I likes to mix up biscuit and hev my things on it some days, and then it an't handy a liftin' up the lid.
I was not quite such good company during dinner as I could have wished to be, for my chair was opposite the door, and my attention was distracted by observing that the handy young man went out of the room very often, and that his shadow always presented itself, immediately afterwards, on the wall of the entry, with a bottle at its mouth.
As to being berthed with Master Bump-ho for a night or so, it’s but little I think of it, Squire Dickens, seeing that I calls him an honest man, and one as has a handy way with boat-hooks and rifles; but as for owning that a man desarves anything worse than a double allowance, for knocking that carpenters face a-one-side, as you call it, I’ll maintain it’s agin’ reason and Christianity.
They may come in handy for you," she explained, "for, though you are a very learned tutor, you are a very stupid man.
In later years, Reading seems to have been regarded as a handy place to run down to, when matters were becoming unpleasant in London.
The King looked around for something to throw at General Blug, but as nothing was handy he began to consider that perhaps the man was right and he had been talking foolishly.
They were of various sizes and shapes, but enough were of handy dimensions for use as ammunition in lieu of my precious arrows.
Don't dast tackle me so long as I got that club handy.
It is handy, and our fireworks will show off well from here.
Sometimes, you know, he'll make himself quite handy, bringing in pails of water and wood.
It was then contrived that my mother and myself only should attend at the time, and that Mrs Wilkins should be sent out of the way, as she accordingly was, to the very furthest part of Dorsetshire, to enquire the character of a servant; for the lady had turned away her own maid near three months before; during all which time I officiated about her person upon trial, as she said, though, as she afterwards declared, I was not sufficiently handy for the place.
Well, didn't you see, pater, I had to snatch up the first thing handy I hadn't a riding-whip or stick.