• The Tommy
    The Tommy
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tommy A truck, or barter; the exchange of labor for goods, not money.
    • Tommy Bread, -- generally a penny roll; the supply of food carried by workmen as their daily allowance.
    • Tommy Same as Tommy Atkins; -- a shortened form.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Tommy hitting Richard with a mop Tommy hitting Richard with a mop
Tommy and the bear Tommy and the bear
Tommy's adventure Tommy's adventure

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Gerald Ford, George Bush, Tommy Lasorda, Ted Koppel, John F. Kennedy Jr. and Bill Clinton are all left handed.
    • n tommy [capitalized] Short for Tommy Atkins,' a nickname for the British private soldier.
    • n tommy Originally, a penny roll; hence, bread; provisions; especially, goods given to a workman in lieu of wages.
    • n tommy A tommy-shop.
    • n tommy The system of paying workmen in goods in place of money; the truck system.
    • n tommy A simple fellow.
    • n tommy A tom-cat.
    • n tommy A small round lever used to tighten round-headed screw-bolts that are perforated for this purpose.
    • n tommy The puffin or sea-parrot, Fratercula arctica. See cut under puffin.
    • n tommy Hence— A species of soft solder used in the jewelers' trade.
    • tommy To enforce the tommy or truck system on; oppress or defraud by the tommy system.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tommy McDonald, a receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, was the last NFL player to wear a helmet without a face mask.
    • n Tommy tom′i a penny roll, bread, provisions: the system of giving food as part wages
    • v.t Tommy to oppress by the tommy or truck-system
    • Tommy a generic name for the English private soldier
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In literature:

It was Tommy who relieved the situation.
"William Adolphus Turnpike" by William Banks
I tell dad he ought not to expect Tommy-boy to really work for a long, long time to come.
"Ruth Fielding on the St. Lawrence" by Alice B. Emerson
It stopped eating when it discovered Tommy's presence and looked steadily Tommy's way.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
Four of the children are at home; Bessie, Mabel, Jimmy and Tommy; George and the eldest girl are away.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Is little Tommy hurt?
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
The cook, known as Tommy, was looked over critically by Jack.
"Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone" by G. Harvey Ralphson
All this time Tommy was longing to sing in public herself, and trying to save money enough to take more lessons by way of preparation.
"Ladies-In-Waiting" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Well, Tommy, it is in my power to reward you; every night for a certain time you shall see again the things you liked best.
"The Talking Horse" by F. Anstey
When the story was done, Barbara and Tommy were friends and Tommy had a new hero.
"Fireside Stories for Girls in Their Teens" by Margaret White Eggleston
He was allotted a whole "Tommy" to himself as a soldier servant.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon

In poetry:

Some vast amount of years ago,
Ere all my youth had vanished from me,
A boy it was my lot to know,
Whom his familiar friends called Tommy.
"Gemini And Virgo" by Charles Stuart Calverley
I loved her then--I'd love her still,
Only one must not love Another's:
But thou and I, my Tommy, will,
When we again meet, meet as brothers.
"Gemini And Virgo" by Charles Stuart Calverley
Lady Mary, Lady Kitty
The Honourable Featherstonehaugh
Polly Tommy from the office
Which of these shall hold her now?
Come away come away
All alone.
"Deeply Morbid" by Stevie Smith
First she come to our house,
Tommy run and hid;
And Emily and Bob and me
We cried jus' like we did
When Mother died,--and we all said
'At we all wisht 'at we was dead!
"The Stepmother" by James Whitcomb Riley
So Tommy got t' better o' t' bargain a vast,
An' cam' off wi' a Yorkshireman's triumph at last;
For thof 'twixt deead horses there's not mich to choose,
Yet Tommy were richer by t' hide an' fower shooes.
"The Yorkshire Horse Dealers" by Anonymous British
I’ve shore with Pat Hogan, Bill Bright and Jack Gunn,
Charlie Fergus, Tommy Layton and the great roaring Dunn;
They brought from the Lachlan the best they could find,
But not one among ’em could leave me behind.
"One of the Has-beens" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

New items at Tommy Colina's.
And Tommy Lasagna sells its namesake in eight versions.
Tommy Hilfiger's Son, Rich Hil , Wants to Be a Hip-Hop Star.
Started by Tommy Kortman, Sep 08 2012 05:27 PM.
Detective kits were being hawked, complete with tommy guns (automatic bolt action.
Former 'In Living Color' cast member Tommy Davidson rocks house at Off the Hook on Marco.
Headliner Tommy Davidson entertains crowd at Capt.
Tommy Davidson at Marco's Off the Hook Comedy Club.
Tommy Meredith (L) with two members of the winning Essmart team, Trisa Thompson, and Suzi Sosa, with the $50,000 Grand Prize for Social Innovation.
Monday April 16, 2012 Posted 7 months, 1 week ago by Tommy Fox.
BLUEFIELD — Tommy Hugh Ike Johnson, 77, of Bluefield, W.Va. Died Friday, November 2, 2012 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.
Tommy Hearns KO's Roberto Duran.
Q&A with Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.
Have you watched The Who's rock opera "Tommy".
The Who's 'Tommy' Movie Director Ken Russell Dies.

In science:

We thank Joakim Edsj¨o, Tommy Ohlsson, Mattias Blennow and Chris Savage for cross-checking the results of their novel calculation with ours, from which a few errors in our first releases were found.
Spectra of neutrinos from dark matter annihilations
David Sontag and Tommi Jaakkola, New outer bounds on the marginal polytope, NIPS 2007 (John C.
A class of random fields on complete graphs with tractable partition function
Absorption lines of molecules such as CO, CN, HNC and HCO+ can now be studied by a new technique using interferometry (Tommy Wiklind).
Summary Talk
Tommy Ohlsson and Håkan Snellman: Three flavor neutrino oscillations in matter, hepph/9910546 v3, 3.
Neutrino in Astrophysics and Cosmology
Tommy Burch, Christof Gattringer, Leonid Ya.
Lattice QCD, Chiral Perturbation Theory and Hadron Phenomenology