Handy-dandy

Definitions

  • HANDY SPANDY, JACK-A-DANDY
    HANDY SPANDY, JACK-A-DANDY
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Handy-dandy A child's play, one child guessing in which closed hand the other holds some small object, winning the object if right and forfeiting an equivalent if wrong; hence, forfeit.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n handy-dandy A play of children in which something, as a pebble or a coin, is shaken between the hands of one, while another guesses which hand it is retained in.
    • n handy-dandy Hence A bribe paid secretly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Handy-dandy hand′i-dand′i (Shak.) an old game among children, in which something is rapidly changed from one hand into the other, while another guesses in which hand it is.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A jingle on hand.

Usage

In literature:

Handy Pandy, Jack-a-dandy, Loves plum cake and sugar candy.
"The Real Mother Goose" by Illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright
That's the way they blustered when they thought they were so handy, But Farragut steamed up one day and gave them Doodle Dandy.
"The Story of Mattie J. Jackson" by L. S. Thompson
No family should be without a handy-dandy cybernetic!
"The Caves of Fear" by John Blaine
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In news:

Thirty Handy Dandy convenience stores across Indiana are set to begin carrying KOMA UNWIND relaxation shots, as well as BeBevCo's emerging brand: Relax 5 shots.
Welcome a new player in the renaissance of Greater Cleveland real estate: the handy-dandy homeowner.
The new 'Moving Image' show at OCMA is so big and mesmerizing you'll be lost without this handy-dandy, essential guide.
This handy dandy calorie counter is specifically designed for women, though why it wouldn't work just as well for a man is beyond us.
This little handy dandy flywheel remover is a must.
My colleague just sent around a link to this handy dandy scheduling site that allows you to coordinate meeting times around the world, and I had to share it.
Handy Dandy Market in 1963.
Handy-dandy hunk Marc Bartolomeo hits Home Show.
I put together a handy dandy cheat sheet so you know the schedule for debates, candidate appearances and other notable events.
Today's blog is both a mini-review of a product and a handy-dandy training tip, all rolled into one smelly, disgusting post.
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