Main definitions of drop one's aitches in English

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drop one's aitches1

phrase

  • See aitch

    see aitch
    • ‘Some socialists, however, have sought to drop their aitches as a token of working-class solidarity.’
    • ‘She now drops her aitches causing ‘Hillary’ to sound like ‘Ee Willy’!’
    • ‘He spoke with a Bedfordshire accent, and dropped his aitches.’
    • ‘It's not often a solicitor drops his aitches.’
    • ‘Why do people moan about people dropping their aitches, and almost never complain about them dropping their r's.’

Main definitions of drop one's aitches in English

: drop one's aitches1drop one's aitches2

drop one's aitches2

phrase

  • Fail to pronounce the letter h at the beginning of words, a characteristic feature of certain dialects.

    • ‘Unlike so many of the older Portuguese he did not drop his aitches; but for all that he used quaint, evocative words, like potah potah for puddle, and seemed to belong to a hermetical world neither Guyanese nor foreign.’
    • ‘When the soldier speaks he drops his aitches and several other letters.’
    • ‘If a policeman writes in why does he have to drop his aitches and sound gruff and arrogant?’
    • ‘He's another one who drops his aitches.’
    • ‘Commoner Bevin still occasionally drops his aitches; during the war he whipped on his workers with ‘Give ‘itler ‘ell!’’
    • ‘Are we the only ones who drop our aitches and do we really say ‘were’ instead of ` was’.’
    • ‘The character tended to drop his aitches, yielding I never ‘ad it, so I'd ‘ad it as far as judgin’ was concerned.’
    • ‘‘It's all very well for Blair to slur his consonants and drop his aitches, but that's all put on.’’
    • ‘Why do people moan about people dropping their aitches?’
    • ‘She apparently also has the nicknames ‘Hollywood’ and ‘Fabulous,’ which means that poor Matt has to say those words like shibboleths, or like Eliza Doolittle trying not to drop her aitches.’