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hey diddle diddle in Culture

“Hey Diddle Diddle” definition


A nursery rhyme:

Hey diddle diddle
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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  • I confess that I am not quite clear about the first words, "hey diddle diddle!"

    Uncle Joe's Stories Edward Hugessen Knatchbull-Hugesson, First Baron Brabourne
  • The pictures to hey diddle diddle are instinct with joyousness.

  • hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, and all that kind of thing.

    Moor Fires E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  • Disputes were now hourly occurring; and it was "now you're vexed," and "hey diddle diddle," from morning till night.

    Poor Jack Frederick Marryat
  • I wish I could think of something else, but there's nothing will come into my head but hey diddle diddle!

  • hey diddle diddle,” broke in Amesbury, who had not for a moment lost his temper, and who fairly oozed good humor.

    The Wilderness Castaways Dillon Wallace

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