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jew's harp

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n jew's harp a small lyre-shaped musical instrument that is placed between the teeth and played by twanging a wire tongue while changing the shape of the mouth cavity
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Usage

In literature:

At Christmas I got a picture-book and forty raisins and three sticks of candy with red stripes on them and a jew's-harp.
"The Light in the Clearing" by Irving Bacheller
I gave him five cents for the missionary box, and he went and bought a jew's-harp!
"The Vehement Flame" by Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
A Jew's mean, so's a Chink, but a mean Harp's got 'em both skinned 'way to 'Frisco an' back again!
"The Definite Object" by Jeffery Farnol
The wagon halted, and they heard the buzzing twang of a jew's-harp, played vigorously.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
The left counter held a case filled with threads, buttons, combs, colored ribbons, and belts and jew's-harps.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
All these instruments are played by both men and women; but the jew's-harp and flute are regarded only as toys.
"The Mafulu" by Robert W. Williamson
I wish I had an accordion, or a German Sweet-Potato, or even a Jew's-Harp!
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
Than Scamp, or the Jew's harp he nicknames his lyre, 60 To call you to this hotbed.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4" by Lord Byron
The simple jew's-harp cut from a piece of bamboo and the four-holed flutes (called "ban'-sic") made of mountain cane (figs.
"Negritos of Zambales" by William Allan Reed
There was no instrument at Dr. Harlowe's but a jew's-harp, and the tongue of that was broken.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
I've brought you a Jew's harp to learn to play when you're alone.
"Cutlass and Cudgel" by George Manville Fenn
No Jew's harp in my orchestra, eh?
"The Melting-Pot" by Israel Zangwill
The payments for land frequently consisted partly of ready-made coats, kettles, and in some cases of jew's-harps.
"Stories of New Jersey" by Frank Richard Stockton
They most all had a juice (Jew's) harp.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
When he had shown me these things he produced a little Jew's-harp, on which he fell to imitating the calls of various birds.
"Limbo and Other Essays" by Vernon Lee
One of us pretended he was playing on a Jew's-harp, sang songs riotously, and then began to talk long and earnestly of New York.
"The Sea and the Jungle" by H. M. Tomlinson
Yonder's the sergeant's jew's-harp.
"Contemporary One-Act Plays" by Sir James M. Barrie
A large tin bucket was hung on his arm while he diligently played a jew's-harp.
"The Carter Girls' Week-End Camp" by Nell Speed
Jew's harp, brought by Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Denham from the Fiji Islands.
"Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)" by Carl Engel
Eulenstein created a sensation in London in 1827 by playing on no fewer than sixteen Jew's harps.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 4" by Various
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In news:

Greatest Kenyan Jew 's Harp Hits.
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