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John Hancock

[ jon-han-kok ]
/ ˈdʒɒn ˈhæn kɒk /
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noun
1737–93, American statesman: first signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Informal. a person's signature: Put your John Hancock on this check.
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Origin of John Hancock

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50, so called from the boldness and legibility of John Hancock's signature
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British Dictionary definitions for John Hancock

John Hancock

noun
US and Canadian informal a person's signatureput your John Hancock on this form Also called: John Henry

Word Origin for John Hancock

after John Hancock, from his clear and legible signature on the American Declaration of Independence
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Cultural definitions for John Hancock

John Hancock

A signature: “Please help us out and put your John Hancock on our petition.” The expression refers to the bold signature that John Hancock wrote on the Declaration of Independence.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Other Idioms and Phrases with John Hancock

John Hancock

Also, John Henry. One's signature, as in Just put your John Hancock on the dotted line. This expression alludes to John Hancock's prominent signature on the Declaration of Independence. The variant simply substitutes a common name for “Hancock.” [Mid-1800s]

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