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Humpty Dumpty

[huhmp-tee duhmp-tee] /ˈhʌmp ti ˈdʌmp ti/
noun
1.
an egg-shaped character in a Mother Goose nursery rhyme that fell off a wall and could not be put together again.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) something that has been damaged severely and usually irreparably.
Origin
rhyming compound based on humpty; see hump, -ed3, -y2
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British Dictionary definitions for Humpty Dumpty

humpty dumpty

/ˈhʌmptɪ ˈdʌmptɪ/
noun (mainly Brit)
1.
a short fat person
2.
a person or thing that once overthrown or broken cannot be restored or mended
Word Origin
C18: after the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty
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Contemporary definitions for Humpty Dumpty
noun

something or someone that cannot be restored once damaged; also written humpty dumpty

Word Origin

from nursery rhyme character

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A nursery rhyme:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall;
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.
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