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running hand

script or calligraphy characterized by uniformly slanted letters that are written quickly and connected by long, continuous strokes of the pen.
Origin of running hand
1640-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The English hand was the running hand of the old black letter, and was a very crabbed and tedious piece of work.

    Joyce Morrell's Harvest Emily Sarah Holt
  • When Fasta was Eeremoeder she made a running hand out of it.

  • Handwriting now of every sort the connoisseur may meet; Though a running hand, I think, does most give postmen running feet.

    The Royal Mail James Wilson Hyde
  • You can not make me believe that you have learned to write that running hand from a book only.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • Then I discovered that there were some written characters in an ancient, running hand, it seemed to me, engraved on the arm.

    Abb Aubain and Mosaics Prosper Mrime
  • Cursive, kur′siv, adj. written with a running hand, of handwriting: flowing.

  • This they undertook to do, by main strength and sweat, running hand over hand the float-line of a net.

  • The message was scrawled in a free, running hand, with several erasures, as if it had been taken over a telephone.

  • Neither too rounded nor too fine, it is a running hand, yet always suitable.

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Before him lay a pure white page, and at the head of this the noble words in a running hand: "Slow and steady wins the race."

    Jeremy Hugh Walpole

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