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Dombey

(Florence). A motherless child, hungering and thirsting to be loved, but regarded with frigid indifference by her father, who thinks that sons alone are worthy of his regard. (Dickens: Domb…

Chime in with

(To). To be in harmony with, to accord with, to fall in with. The allusion is to chiming bells. “This chimed in with Mr. Dombey's own hope and belief.” —Dickens: Dombey an…

Blimber

(Miss). A blue-stocking, who knows the dead languages, and wears learned spectacles. She is the daughter of Dr. Blimber, a fossil school-master of the high and dry grammar type (Dickens: Do…

Bunsby

(Jack). Captain Cuttle's friend; a Sir Oracle of his neighbours; profoundly mysterious, and keeping his eye always fixed upon invisible dreamland somewhere beyond the limits of infinite spa…

Chick-a-biddy

(A). A child's name for a young chicken, and a mother's word of endearment to her young child. “Biddy” is merely the call of a child, bid-bid-bid-bid to a chicken. “Do yo…

Cuttle

Captain Cuttle. An eccentric, kind-hearted sailor, simple as a child, credulous of every tale, and generous as the sun. He is immortalised by the motto selected by Notes and Queries, &#8220…

Grass

Gone to grass. Dead. The allusion is to the grass which grows over the dead. Also, “Gone to rusticate,” the allusion being to a horse which is sent to grass when unfit for work.…

Three Sheets in the Wind

Unsteady from over-drinking, as a ship when its sheets are in the wind. The sail of a ship is fastened at one of the bottom corners by a rope called a “tack;” the other corner i…