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[pok-it-hang-ker-chif, -cheef] /ˈpɒk ɪtˈhæŋ kər tʃɪf, -ˌtʃif/
handkerchief (def 1).
Origin of pocket-handkerchief
First recorded in 1635-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • My subordinate had the audacity to look at me, and then to stuff his pocket-handkerchief into his mouth.

  • Monsieur Lieuvain had just wiped his mouth with a pocket-handkerchief.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • A pocket-handkerchief is called in to remove tears surreptitiously, under a covering pretence of a less elegant function.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • He hastily drew out his pocket-handkerchief and spread it over the frame.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He had hoped to be playing "pocket-handkerchief tennis," of which he had grown inordinately fond, upon the lawn of Aurelia Villa.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • She took it off the mantel-piece and polished it up with her pocket-handkerchief.

    A Pair of Clogs Amy Walton
  • Her arm went back about her cousin's neck, and her own pocket-handkerchief was taken out to wipe away Mabel's tears.

    Belle Powers' Locket Joanna Mathews
  • Coming out of his fit of grief, he clenched his pocket-handkerchief once more.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • That it's a fine afternoon; and could he lend him a pocket-handkerchief?

    The Red House Mystery A. A. Milne
  • The day was hot, and after a few jerks he extracted a pocket-handkerchief from his sleeve.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman

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