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jews' harp

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n jews' 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:

When he asked capitalists for money, they replied that he might as well expect to lease jew's-harps as telephones.
"The History of the Telephone" by Herbert N. Casson
His tongue, like a jew's-harp.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
It was like that of a tuning-fork or the tongue of a jew's-harp.
"South Sea Tales" by Jack London
Snap Naab buzzed on his jews'-harp and sang.
"The Heritage of the Desert" by Zane Grey
Once the jews' harp began emitting its barbaric rhythms, Michael was helpless.
"Michael, Brother of Jerry" by Jack London
So they made them welcome; but one of the shepherds was playing the Jew's-harp, and he did not like the turn matters were taking.
"Angling Sketches" by Andrew Lang
JEW'S TRUMP, Jew's harp.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
JEW'S TRUMP, Jew's harp.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
The double reverberation of retreating feet on the heavenborn earth, the double vibration of a jew's harp in the resonant lane.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
He would have looked the same had they played on jews'-harps and tin horns.
"Uncle William" by Jennette Lee
JEW'S TRUMP, Jew's harp.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
JEW'S TRUMP, Jew's harp.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
JEW'S TRUMP, Jew's harp.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
Turkey took out his Jews' harp, and discoursed soothing if not eloquent strains.
"Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood" by George MacDonald
On what occasions did the Jews use the harp?
"The Harp of God" by J. F. Rutherford
The Jews, cruelly treated though they were during the time of the Norman kings, do not harp on the subject in England to-day.
"Is Ulster Right?" by Anonymous
Origin, of the Jews-harp, 217.
"Notes & Queries, Index of Volume 1" by Various
ORIGIN OF THE JEWS-HARP.
"Notes & Queries, No. 18. Saturday, March 2, 1850" by Various
The musical instruments we heard were tom-toms, Jews'-harps, and frequently fiddles.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Well known were the Bayswater Tea Gardens and the Jews Harp House and Tea Gardens.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
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In news:

Varis, Tapani Tantsun Paalle Jews Harp.
Greatest Kenyan Jew 's Harp Hits.
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