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running hand

script or calligraphy characterized by uniformly slanted letters that are written quickly and connected by long, continuous strokes of the pen.
Origin of running hand
First recorded in 1640-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Neither too rounded nor too fine, it is a running hand, yet always suitable.

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • When Fasta was Eeremoeder she made a running hand out of it.

  • You can not make me believe that you have learned to write that running hand from a book only.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • The English hand was the running hand of the old black letter, and was a very crabbed and tedious piece of work.

    Joyce Morrell's Harvest Emily Sarah Holt
  • Cursive, kur′siv, adj. written with a running hand, of handwriting: flowing.

  • The message was scrawled in a free, running hand, with several erasures, as if it had been taken over a telephone.

  • Before him lay a pure white page, and at the head of this the noble words in a running hand: "Slow and steady wins the race."

    Jeremy Hugh Walpole
  • She wrote with a firm, running hand, and as from an overflowing mind, without stopping to gather her thoughts.

    The Bastonnais John Lesperance
  • Handwriting now of every sort the connoisseur may meet; Though a running hand, I think, does most give postmen running feet.

    The Royal Mail James Wilson Hyde
  • Then I discovered that there were some written characters in an ancient, running hand, it seemed to me, engraved on the arm.

    Abb Aubain and Mosaics Prosper Mrime

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