One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A magnifying glass held in the hand.
- ‘All in all an interesting collection which can be examined under a handglass for the fine detail.’
- ‘Propagation by cuttings of the roots is the most successful method, the cuttings being placed in sand, under a handglass.’
- ‘After the police officer says that it's that thing with her picture on it, the blonde gives him a handglass.’
- ‘Arts and crafts, jewelry, handbags, and handglass will be available for purchase.’
- ‘Here's the bad news: if you've only got a handglass, often you can't.’
- ‘Though most of the time, we were staring into our handglasses at bits and pieces of rock, or gigantic rocks, wondering what we were supposed to look at.’
2A small mirror with a handle.
- ‘Decking herself out in them, she regards herself and the sparkling gems in the handglass that came with them, then bursts into the brilliant ‘Air des Bijous’.’
- ‘He surveyed himself critically in the handglass held in his now free remaining hand.’
- ‘My features, the straw yellow hair, the moss green of my eyes, the spray of freckles on my cheekbones dissolved into the silver backing of the handglass.’
- ‘She would brush and comb her hair, use a mirror or "handglass", cold creams, lip balms, hair pins, and fragrance.’
- ‘She rubbed her handglass briskly on her woollen bric-a-brac container.’
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