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Ham,

in the Bible, son of Noah. In biblical ethnography, Ham is the father of the nations Cush, Mizraim, Phut, and Canaan. In a story separate from the flood narrative, the legend related in the Book of Genesis and in the Qur'an suggests that Canaan was a son of Noah. The "Land of Ham" is a designation for Egypt in the Psalms. The Hamitic languagesHamitic languages,
subfamily of the Hamito-Semitic family of languages, a now-abandoned system of classification for languages of N Africa and SW Asia. The Egyptian, Berber, Cushitic, and (sometimes) Chadic languages were formerly classified as Hamitic languages. See Afroasiatic languages.
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 were named after this son of Noah.

ham,

hind leg of a hog above the hock joint, prepared for food by curing or smoking. Ham is one of the earliest of preserved meats; it is now a leading product of the meatpacking industry. The flavor and quality of ham depend on the age, condition, and feeding of the swine and on the smoke used in curing. The Westphalian hams of Germany are smoked with juniper brush; birchwood also is used in N Europe; hickory is favored in the United States. The delicate flavor of the relatively lean Smithfield hams of Virginia is attributed in part to the roots, acorns, and nuts upon which the hogs feed. The major consumers of ham are Denmark, Germany, and the United States.

ham

1
1. the part of the hindquarters of a pig or similar animal between the hock and the hip
2. Informal
a. the back of the leg above the knee
b. the space or area behind the knee
3. Needlework a cushion used for moulding curves

ham

2
Theatre informal
a. an actor who overacts or relies on stock gestures or mannerisms
b. overacting or clumsy acting
c. (as modifier): a ham actor

ham

An amateur radio operator. The term's origin is uncertain, but most likely came from early, pre-radio days, when Morse-code operators were referred to as "ham-fisted" and called "hams." Anecdote places the origin as the first initials of "Hertz," "Ampere" and "Marconi," the originators of radio technology, but the term was used before Marconi's time. See amateur radio.
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A book that provided a unified field theory of cheating would be especially welcome just now, which makes this ham-fisted effort all the more disappointing.
Another obvious source of backlash has been against the International Monetary Fund's ham-fisted conduct in Latin America and our overall inattention to what has been happening there.
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Unfortunately for her, the demon Abalam is still set on possession, which, in this case, amounts to Nell's pals convulsing, a ham-fisted subtext about her burgeoning sexuality and an over-helping of orchestral shrieks.
But her efforts to establish herself as a credible film actress have been less successful, and this continues her transition with a ham-fisted rehash of Miss Congeniality set on a college campus.
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Though not without interesting ideas, Kadouh hasn't fully thought through his arguments, and a few good scenes are sabotaged by ham-fisted situations; in addition, the overall bros-before-hos message needs major reassessment.
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I hope that the important information revealed in these leaks can galvanise a new class of disengaged, disenfranchised people and help them recognise that those who govern are not an elite cabal of Machiavellians but a bunch of deceitful, ham-fisted chumps" - Russell Brand on WikiLeaks.