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[pok-it-hang-ker-chif, -cheef] /ˈpɒk ɪtˈhæŋ kər tʃɪf, -ˌtʃif/
handkerchief (def 1).
Origin of pocket-handkerchief
1635-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • My subordinate had the audacity to look at me, and then to stuff his pocket-handkerchief into his mouth.

  • Coming out of his fit of grief, he clenched his pocket-handkerchief once more.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • A pocket-handkerchief is called in to remove tears surreptitiously, under a covering pretence of a less elegant function.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • The day was hot, and after a few jerks he extracted a pocket-handkerchief from his sleeve.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • He had hoped to be playing "pocket-handkerchief tennis," of which he had grown inordinately fond, upon the lawn of Aurelia Villa.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • I dropped my rugs and began a tremulous search for my pocket-handkerchief.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Her arm went back about her cousin's neck, and her own pocket-handkerchief was taken out to wipe away Mabel's tears.

    Belle Powers' Locket Joanna Mathews
  • She walked to the window, convulsively grasping her pocket-handkerchief.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • That it's a fine afternoon; and could he lend him a pocket-handkerchief?

    The Red House Mystery A. A. Milne
  • You might have covered 'em all with a pocket-handkerchief, hey!

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper

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