john hicks

Hicks

[hiks]
noun
1.
Edward, 1780–1849, U.S. painter.
2.
Granville, 1902–82, U.S. writer, educator, and editor.
3.
Sir John Richard, 1904–1989, British economist: Nobel Prize 1972.
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hick
1376, nickname of Richard. Meaning "awkward provincial person" is first recorded 1565 (cf. rube). The adj. is first recorded 1920, in Sinclair Lewis' "Main Street": "He graduated from a hick college in Pennsylvania."
"A hick town is one where there is no place to go where you shouldn't be." [Robert Quillen, 1933]
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