handle to one's name

A nickname or title, as in He was knighted and now had a handle to his name, or His gluttony earned him a handle to his name, Big Mouth. [First half of 1800s]


Nearby words

  1. handiwork,
  2. handkerchief,
  3. handkerchief table,
  4. handlanger,
  5. handle,
  6. handle with gloves,
  7. handlebar,
  8. handlebar moustache,
  9. handlebars,
  10. handled

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