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tommy

[tom-ee] /ˈtɒm i/
noun, plural tommies. British
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) Tommy Atkins.
2.
Slang. bread, especially brown bread, or rations, as formerly distributed to troops and workers.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; by shortening

Tommy

[tom-ee] /ˈtɒm i/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Thomas.
2.
Also, Tommie, Tommye. a female given name, form of Thomasina.

Hitchcock

[hich-kok] /ˈhɪtʃ kɒk/
noun
1.
Sir Alfred (Joseph) 1899–1980, U.S. film and television director and producer, born in England.
2.
Thomas, Jr ("Tommy") 1900–44, U.S. polo player.

Tune

[toon, tyoon] /tun, tyun/
noun
1.
Thomas James ("Tommy") born 1939, U.S. dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, and director.
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British Dictionary definitions for tommy

tommy

/ˈtɒmɪ/
noun (pl) -mies
1.
(often capital) (Brit, informal) a private in the British Army Also called Tommy Atkins (ˈætkɪnz)
Word Origin
C19: originally Thomas Atkins, a name representing a typical private in specimen forms; compare tom1

Hitchcock

/ˈhɪtʃˌkɒk/
noun
1.
Sir Alfred (Joseph). 1899–1980, English film director, noted for his mastery in creating suspense. His films include The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935), Rebecca (1940), Psycho (1960), and The Birds (1963)

tune

/tjuːn/
noun
1.
a melody, esp one for which harmony is not essential
2.
the most important part in a musical texture: the cello has the tune at that point
3.
the condition of producing accurately pitched notes, intervals, etc (esp in the phrases in tune, out of tune): he can't sing in tune
4.
accurate correspondence of pitch and intonation between instruments (esp in the phrases in tune, out of tune): the violin is not in tune with the piano
5.
the correct adjustment of a radio, television, or some other electronic circuit with respect to the required frequency (esp in the phrases in tune, out of tune)
6.
a frame of mind; disposition or mood
7.
(obsolete) a musical sound; note
8.
call the tune, to be in control of the proceedings
9.
change one's tune, sing another tune, sing another a different tune, to alter one's attitude or tone of speech
10.
(informal) to the tune of, to the amount or extent of: costs to the tune of a hundred pounds
verb
11.
to adjust (a musical instrument or a changeable part of one) to a certain pitch
12.
to adjust (a note, etc) so as to bring it into harmony or concord
13.
(transitive) to adapt or adjust (oneself); attune: to tune oneself to a slower life
14.
(transitive) often foll by up. to make fine adjustments to (an engine, machine, etc) to obtain optimum performance
15.
(electronics) to adjust (one or more circuits) for resonance at a desired frequency
16.
(obsolete) to utter (something) musically or in the form of a melody; sing
17.
(South African, slang) tune someone grief, to annoy or harass someone
See also tune in, tune out, tune up
Word Origin
C14: variant of tone
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Word Origin and History for tommy

Tommy

"British soldier," 1884, from Thomas Atkins, since 1815 the sample name for filling in army forms. Tommy gun (1929) is short for Thompson gun (see Thompson). Soon extended to other types of sub-machine gun, especially those favored by the mob.

tune

n.

late 14c., "a musical sound, a succession of musical notes," unexplained variant of tone. Meaning "state of being in proper pitch" is from mid-15c.

v.

"bring into a state of proper pitch," c.1500, from tune (n.). Non-musical meaning "to adjust an organ or receiver" is recorded from 1887. Verbal phrase tune in in reference to radio (later also TV) is recorded from 1913; figurative sense of "become aware" is recorded from 1926. Tune out "to eliminate radio reception" is recorded from 1908; figurative sense of "disregard, stop heeding" is from 1928. Related: Tuned; tuning.

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