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Hip! Hip! Hurrah!

Hip is said to be a notarica, composed of the initial letters of Hierosolyma Est Perʹdita. Henri van Laun says, in Notes and Queries, that whenever the German knights headed a Jew-hunt in the Middle Ages, they ran shouting “Hip! Hip!” as much as to say “Jerusalem is destroyed.” (See Notarica.)

Timbs derives Hurrah from the Sclavonic hù-raj (to Paradise), so that Hip! hip! hurrah! would mean “Jerusalem is lost to the infidel, and we are on the road to Paradise.” These etymons may be taken for what they are worth. The word hurrah! is a German exclamation also.

Now, infidel, I have thee on the hip” (Merchant of Venice); and again, “Iʹll have our Michael Cassio on the hip” (Othello), to have the whip hand of one. The term is derived from wrestlers, who seize the adversary by the hip and throw him.

“In fine he doth apply one speciall drift,

Which was to get the pagan on the hip,

And having caught him right, he doth him lift

By nimble sleight, and in such wise doth trip,

That down he threw him.”


Sir J. Harington.

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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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