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.’
- ‘Arts and crafts, jewelry, handbags, and handglass will be available for purchase.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘After the police officer says that it's that thing with her picture on it, the blonde gives him a handglass.’
- ‘Here's the bad news: if you've only got a handglass, often you can't.’
2A small mirror with a handle.
- ‘She would brush and comb her hair, use a mirror or "handglass", cold creams, lip balms, hair pins, and fragrance.’
- ‘He surveyed himself critically in the handglass held in his now free remaining hand.’
- ‘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’.’
- ‘She rubbed her handglass briskly on her woollen bric-a-brac container.’
- ‘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.’
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