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Brewer's: Bill

(The ). The nose, also called the beak. Hence, “Billy” is slang for a pocket-handkerchief. Lastly came Winter, clothed all in frize, Chattering his teeth for cold that did him c…

Brewer's: Billings

(Josh). The nom de plume of H. W. Shaw, an American humorist, who died 1885. His Book of Sayings was published in 1866. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Billi…

$2 Bill

The Question: Is there still a $2 bill? The Answer: Yes. Yes, there is. The $2 bill is a bit of a mystery. The Bureau of Engraving and …

Bill Haley

Name at birth: William John Clifton HaleyBill Haley was the leader of Bill Haley & The Comets, the performers of one of the first hits of rock 'n' roll, 1954's "Rock Around the Clock." Haley's musica…

Bill Gates

Name at birth: William Gates IIIBill Gates is the co-founder of the software company Microsoft and is one of the world's wealthiest men. Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in the 1970s, though All…

Bill Porter

Bill Porter was born with cerebral palsy but nonetheless became a door-to-door salesman in Portland, Oregon, struggling up to 10 miles a day on foot while selling household products for the Watkins Co…

Bill Evans

Bill Evans studied classical music and composition, but started playing jazz in the 1950s. He began recording in 1956, and in 1958 was invited to play piano for the Miles Davis quintet. Davis and Ev…

Bill Cosby

Name at birth: William Henry Cosby, Jr.Bill Cosby began as a stand-up comic, went on to become one of America's most beloved television stars, and then saw his reputation and career disintegrate under…

Bill Walsh

Bill Walsh Born: Nov. 30, 1931 Football Hall of Fame coach and GM of 3 Super Bowl winners with San Fran…

Bill Walton

Bill WaltonBorn: Nov. 5, 1952Basketball C 3-time College Player of Year (1972-74); led UCLA to 2 national titles (1972-73); led Portland to NBA title as MVP in 1977; regular season MVP in 1978…