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John Hancock

noun
2.
Informal. a person's signature:
Put your John Hancock onthis check.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; named after John Hancock, from the boldness and legibility of his signature

Hancock

[han-kok] /ˈhæn kɒk/
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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British Dictionary definitions for John Hancock

John Hancock

noun
1.
(US & Canadian, informal) a person's signature put your John Hancock on this form Also called John Henry
Word Origin
after John Hancock, from his clear and legible signature on the American Declaration of Independence

Hancock

/ˈhænkɒk/
noun
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
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John Hancock in Culture

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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Slang definitions & phrases for John Hancock

John Hancock

noun phrase

One's signature

[1903+; fr the fact that John Hancock of Massachusetts was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776; John Henry, possibly by confusion with Patrick Henry, because of the prominence of John Henry as a folklore hero, and by near-rhyming resemblance]


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Idioms and Phrases with 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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