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Pelham1

[pel-uh m]
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noun
  1. Henry,1696–1754, British statesman: prime minister 1743–54 (brother of Thomas Pelham-Holles).

Pelham2

[pel-uh m]
noun
  1. a bit that is used with two pairs of reins, designed to serve the purpose of a full bridle.

Origin of Pelham2

after the proper name Pelham
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  • He saw to the right, on a bare rise of ground, Pelham's guns.

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    Mary Johnston

  • Mrs. Fitzgerald, Captain Pelham does not wish to be left in such 'a weavin' way.'

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    Mary Johnston

  • "If I had a tent I certainly would give it to you," said Pelham.

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    Mary Johnston

  • There had been a lull in the storm, now Pelham opened with loud thunders.

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    Mary Johnston

  • When they got his range, Pelham moved his two guns and began again a raking fire.

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British Dictionary definitions for pelham

pelham

noun
  1. a horse's bit for a double bridle, less severe than a curb but more severe than a snaffle

Word Origin

probably from the proper name Pelham

Pelham

noun
  1. Henry. 1696–1754, British statesman: prime minister (1743–54); brother of Thomas Pelham Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle
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