tom-tom

Definitions

  • Tom handing a bouquet to Polly
    Tom handing a bouquet to Polly
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tom-tom any of various drums with small heads
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Tom falls off the velocipede Tom falls off the velocipede
Polly introduces herself to Tom Polly introduces herself to Tom
TOM FALLS INTO THE PUDDING TOM FALLS INTO THE PUDDING
THE COW EATS TOM THE COW EATS TOM
THE EAGLE FLIES AWAY WITH TOM THE EAGLE FLIES AWAY WITH TOM
TOM COMES OUT OF THE FISH TOM COMES OUT OF THE FISH
LITTLE TOM TUCKER LITTLE TOM TUCKER
TOM, TOM, THE PIPER'S SON TOM, TOM, THE PIPER'S SON

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer
    • n Tom-tom tŏm"tŏm` See Tam-tam.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dana Carvey changed his name to "Tom" for 2 weeks because he thought Dana was a girl's name.
    • n tom-tom A circular dye-vat constructed in such a way that a series of upright mallets may be made to pound upon the material placed within it and thus work the dye-liquor well into the fiber. Largely used in hosierydyeing, particularly in the application of aniline black.
    • n tom-tom In India, the drum used by musicians, jugglers, public criers, etc.
    • n tom-tom Same as gong, 1.
    • tom-tom To beat on a tom-tom.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Anne Archer are members of the Church of Scientology
    • n Tom-tom tom′-tom the drum used in India by musicians, jugglers, &c.: a gong
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Quotations

  • Arthur Koestler
    Arthur%20Koestler
    “Scientists are peeping toms at the keyhole of eternity.”
  • Lord Melbourne
    Lord%20Melbourne
    “I wish I was as cocksure of anything as Tom Macaulay is of everything.”
  • Roseanne
    Roseanne
    “I'm only upset that I'm not a widow. [On her ex-husband Tom Arnold]”
  • Jodie Foster
    Jodie Foster
    “I don't need to be Tom Cruise. I just need to work forever.”

Idioms

Any Tom, Dick or Harry - If something could be done by any Tom, Dick or Harry, it could be done by absolutely anyone.
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Every Tom, Dick and Harry - If every Tom, Dick and Harry knows about something, then it is common knowledge.
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Peeping Tom - A peeping Tom is someone who tries to look through other people's windows without being seen in order to spy on people in their homes.
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Usage

In literature:

Tom was glad enough to retreat before this advancing host and carry several large boxes into the cellar.
"Tom Slade on a Transport" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
The other close friend that I made aboard the Scarboro during the first few days of the voyage, was old Tom Anderly.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
Skipper Tom sharply withdrew his interest from the picture.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
I wonder whether they think we're going back frightened by all their tom-tomming.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
Then how good it would be to have such a henchman as Tom at my side.
"The Golden Magnet" by George Manville Fenn
Ah, Tom, Tom, silly fellow!
"The Water-Babies" by Charles Kingsley
All but Tom and Polly thought that Tom's plot to win Polly from her chosen profession seemed to be succeeding.
"Polly's Business Venture" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
It was not that she felt any less kindly toward Tom; but Tom had disappointed her.
"Ruth Fielding on the St. Lawrence" by Alice B. Emerson
Strange to relate, Tom had lounged behind the counter and stood ready to attend him.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Did y'see Tom Hotchkiss come ashore?
"The Mission of Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
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In poetry:

Of all the youths I ever saw
None were so wicked, vain, or silly,
So lost to shame and Sabbath law,
As worldly TOM, and BOB, and BILLY.
"Sir Macklin" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The great dark voice breaks with a sob
Across the womb of night;
Above your grave, the tom-toms throb
And the hills are weird with light.
"In Memory Of Col. Charles Young" by Countee Cullen
"'I'll be eat if you dines off me,' says TOM;
'Yes, that,' says I, 'you'll be, -
'I'm boiled if I die, my friend,' quoth I;
And 'Exactly so,' quoth he.
"The Yarn of the Nancy Bell" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Afar, Mount Tom, in verdantique,
And Holyoke, twin companion peak,
Appeared gigantic cones;
The burning sunlight scorched my cheek,
And seemed to melt the stones.
"Monadnock" by Hattie Howard
I hear 'Old Tom' announce the dying light,
The deep hoarse voice that I shall hear no more;
Hoarser and deeper seems the note this night
Than in the days of yore.
"Good-bye To Oxford" by Samuel John Stone
"The tortoise and the hare, Tom,
Set out, at each his pace;
The hare it was the fleeter,
The tortoise won the race;
And since the world's beginning
This ever was the case.
"The King Of Brentford’s Testament" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Tom Fedor/The Gazette The " Alexander Burger," with fried pickled green tomato and pimento cheese, is a lunch staple at Alexanders .
Photo by TOM WILLIAMS, Special to the Eagle.
Tom Barrabi 2 weeks ago.
She's Toms River's own Sondra Fortunado.
Chris Hemsworth is playing Thor, and Tom Hiddleston plays Loki.
Why Bangkok Thai's Tom Yum continues to baffle me.
Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike and Tom Hardy walk the red carpet.
Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock, Joe Medjuck, Tom Thayer, Alan Barnette.
The company is flushing fire hydrants in Toms River, South Toms River and Holiday City Berkeley, weekdays starting at 8:30AM.
Those in the background include Tom Hutzell, Roy Givens and Tom Wibberley.
That's what Tom Murray says and Tom should know.
At Our Age with Tom Bosley DVD The At Our Age with Tom Bosley DVD introduces simple steps that can save lives.
Tom McLaughlin-yes, that Tom from Paradise Falls.
SOUTH WHITLEY — With the sixth-annual off-road Jeep Jam slated for Oct 8 at the residence of Tom and Pam Kessie, Tom Kessie updated the South Whitley Town Council on the popular event at the board's regular meeting this week.
TOMS shoes is hosting a fundraiser where guests receive their own pair of TOMS to create a design that illustrates their unique personality.
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In science:

AGV] Abramovich, Dan; Graber, Tom; Vistoli, Angelo, Gromov-Witten theory of DeligneMumford stacks, Amer. J.
GW Invariants Relative Normal Crossings Divisors
Toms, The Cuntz semigroup, the El liott conjecture, and dimension functions on C ∗ -algebras, J.
On Local AH algebras
Toms, Three applications of the Cuntz semigroup, Int.
On Local AH algebras
Toms, Recasting the El liott conjecture, Math.
On Local AH algebras
Toms, Stability in the Cuntz semigroup of a commutative C ∗ -algebra, Proc.
On Local AH algebras
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