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hambone

[ ham-bohn ]
/ ˈhæmˌboʊn /
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noun
Theater.
  1. (especially in minstrel shows and vaudeville) a performer made up in blackface and using a stereotyped Black dialect.
  2. an unskilled, overeager, or artless actor, or any performer who overacts.
Bowling Slang. four consecutive strikes.
Usually ham bone . a bone in a hog's ham: We always use the leftover ham bone to make pea soup.
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Origin of hambone

First recorded in 1850–55; ham1 + bone; cf. ham2
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