John Hancock

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Hancock

[han-kok]
noun
1.
Herbert Jeffrey ("Herbie") born 1940, U.S. jazz pianist and composer.
2.
John, 1737–93, American statesman: first signer of the declaration of independence.
3.
Winfield Scott, 1824–86, Union general in the Civil War.
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Hancock (ˈhænkɒk)
 
n
1.  Anthony John, known as Tony. 1924--68, British comedian, noted for his radio series Hancock's Half Hour
2.  John. 1737--93, American statesman; first signatory of the Declaration of Independence

John Hancock
 
n
informal (US), (Canadian) Also called: John Henry a person's signature: put your John Hancock on this form
 
[after John Hancock, from his clear and legible signature on the American Declaration of Independence]

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John Hancock definition


A signature: “Please help us out and put your John Hancock on our petition.” The expression refers to the bold signature that John Hancock wrote on the Declaration of Independence.

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John Hancock

Also, John Henry. One's signature, as in Just put your John Hancock on the dotted line. This expression alludes to John Hancock's prominent signature on the Declaration of Independence. The variant simply substitutes a common name for "Hancock." [Mid-1800s]

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