John Hancock


noun

Informal. a person's signature: Put your John Hancock onthis check.

Origin of John Hancock

1840–50, Americanism; named after John Hancock, from the boldness and legibility of his signature

Definition for john hancock (2 of 2)

Hancock

[ han-kok ]
/ ˈhæn kɒk /

noun

Herbert JeffreyHerbie, born 1940, U.S. jazz pianist and composer.
John,1737–93, American statesman: first signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Winfield Scott,1824–86, Union general in the Civil War.
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British Dictionary definitions for john hancock (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for john hancock (2 of 2)

Hancock

/ (ˈhænkɒk) /

noun

Anthony John, known as Tony. 1924–68, British comedian, noted for his radio series Hancock's Half Hour
John. 1737–93, American statesman; first signatory of the Declaration of Independence
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Word Origin and History for john hancock

John Hancock


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Culture 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.

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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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