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[jak-suh n] /ˈdʒæk sən/
Andrew ("Old Hickory") 1767–1845, U.S. general: 7th president of the U.S. 1829–37.
Lady Barbara, Ward, Barbara.
Helen Hunt (Helen Maria Fiske) 1830–85, U.S. novelist and poet.
Jesse L(ouis) born 1941, U.S. Baptist minister and civil-rights and political activist.
Joseph Jefferson ("Shoeless Joe") 1887–1951, U.S. baseball player.
Mahalia, 1911–72, U.S. gospel singer.
Robert Houghwout
[hou-uh t] /ˈhaʊ ət/ (Show IPA),
1892–1954, U.S. jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1941–54.
Thomas Jonathan ("Stonewall Jackson") 1824–63, Confederate general in the American Civil War.
a city in and the capital of Mississippi, in the central part.
a city in W Tennessee.
a city in S Michigan.
a town in NW Wyoming: resort near Jackson Hole.
a male given name, meaning “son of Jack.”. Unabridged
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  • The example of "old hickory" (as Jackson was nicknamed) was all that allayed mutiny and dispersal among the men.

    Famous Indian Chiefs Charles H. L. Johnston
  • He was gettin' himself as twisted as a pretzel, when old hickory breaks in.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • Everybody ordered him around, from old hickory down to Mr. Piddie.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • "No, it won't," breaks in old hickory, shakin' a stubby forefinger at him.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • old hickory chokes some on a swallow of black coffee he's just hoisted in; but he recovers enough to nod.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • Say, I've had some odd assignments from old hickory, but never one just like this before.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • "Of queenly stature, as the society reporters used to put it," says old hickory.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • "There is to be no next time," says old hickory, settin' his jaw.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • Long before daylight, "old hickory" saw to it that every man was at his post.

British Dictionary definitions for old hickory


a city in and state capital of Mississippi, on the Pearl River. Pop: 179 599 (2003 est)


Andrew. 1767–1845, US statesman, general, and lawyer; seventh president of the US (1829–37). He became a national hero after successfully defending New Orleans from the British (1815). During his administration the spoils system was introduced and the national debt was fully paid off
Colin (Ray). born 1967, Welsh athlete: gold medallist in the 110m hurdles at the world championships (1993, 1999), European Championships (1990, 1994, 1998, 2002), and Commonwealth Games (1990, 1994)
Glenda. born 1936, British stage, film, and television actress, and Labour politician. Her films include Women in Love (1969) for which she won an Oscar, The Music Lovers (1970), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), and Turtle Diary (1985); became a member of parliament in 1992
Jesse (Louis). born 1941, US Democrat politician and clergyman; Black campaigner for minority rights
Michael (Joe). 1958–2009, US pop singer, lead vocalist with the Jacksons (originally the Jackson 5) (1969–86). His solo albums include Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), and Invincible (2001)
Peter. born 1961, New Zealand film director, screenwriter, and producer; his films include Heavenly Creatures (1994), The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–03), King Kong (2005), and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Thomas Jonathan, known as Stonewall Jackson. 1824–63, Confederate general in the American Civil War, noted particularly for his command at the first Battle of Bull Run (1861)
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old hickory in Medicine

Jackson Jack·son (jāk'sən), John Hughlings. 1835-1911.

British neurologist whose connection of certain epileptic symptoms to specific locations in the brain advanced the understanding of epilepsy.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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