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Where do you hand out? Where are you living, or lodging? The allusion is to the custom, now restricted to public-houses, but once very general, of hanging before one’s shop a sign indicating the nature of the business carried on within. Druggists often still place coloured bottles in their windows, and some tobacconists place near their shop door the statue of a Scotchman. (See Dickens: Pickwick Papers, chap. xxx.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Handicap
Handkerchief
Handkerchief and Sword
Handle
Handsome = liberal
Handwriting on the Wall (The)
Handycuffs
Hang Back (To)
Hang Fire (To)
Hang On (To)
Hang Out
Hangdog Look (A)
Hang by a Thread (To)
Hang in the Bell Ropes (To)
Hanged or Strangled
Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered
Hanger (A)
Hanging
Hanging Gale (The)
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Hangman’s Acre, Gains, and Gain’s Alley (London)