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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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After a ham-fisted attempt to pass unexpectedly high microprocessor prices along to its business customers, Apple Computer Inc has promised that it will honor all orders for its Power Macintosh G4 computers placed before Wednesday October 13, 1999 at the originally quoted prices.
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I'm too ham-fisted to work the bacon slicer AS someone who has held the same job almost his entire professional life I always marvel at the flexibility of others.
A Palestinian man seeking revenge lands in Detroit and buddies up with a crystal-meth addict in multihyphenate Sooney Kadouh's uneven debut, "This Narrow Place." 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.
Put like that, you can imagine that you are likely to find a comedy that is as ham-fisted as the characters it follows.
Tackling begging in this clumsy, ham-fisted fashion favours one side over the other and does far more harm than good, not a world away from the mob justice of the medieval stocks.
Savage cuts in manpower and the ham-fisted introduction of new technology brought the workforce to its knees.
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Social workers have had plenty of bad press of late, but given the ham-fisted way they've handled this case they deserve all the flak they get.