Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Contraction of he had.
  • Contraction of he would.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • he had
  • he would

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A contraction of he had, and of he would.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • "Communications," he summoned evenly, "try to explain to these…" Mindful of the monitoring officers, he tempered the label he'd intended to employ. "…people that we're here on a rescue—"

    The Kobayashi Maru

  • But it was the bowler's general bearing and neatness which charmed the young writer almost as much as the name he'd been seeking for his newly conceived character of a gentleman's gentleman.

    From Jeeves to Herriot: all creatures great and sporty | Frank Keating

  • "Will there be a lot of ash in the atmosphere down on Rakatan, Doctor—" She paused, trying to remember the name he'd mumbled upon his appearance.

    Firestorm

  • Diana Ross, Dustin Hoffman, Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, Barbara Streisand and more, all were on hand to see Ali regain the title he'd lost at the hands not of any athletic opponent, but a vengeful government.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • -- He said one call he'd do over is the second on-side kick, that Nebraska recovered at the 43 and quickly drove for another score.

    The Seattle Times

  • So when his coach told him one day to run four laps of the track, the 20-year-old Lagat saw it in the terms he'd always known—1,500 meters and change.

    Four Minutes Down Fifth

  • But even as Coughlin walked with a noticeable limp Monday, and said his morning runs will have to be curtailed, he joked about it his condition too, deadpanning that Ware was "no longer with the team" and laughing at the idea he'd bother with an MRI.

    Tuck Awakens and So Do the Giants

  • A week after Egypt erupted in revolution last January, Jon Alpert , an Emmy-winning documentarian and co-founder of the Downtown Community Television Center DCTV, got the call he'd been waiting for.

    The Egyptian Revolution Will be Televised

  • That worked out, he thought, gazing at the coins he'd received as change.

    Heart vs. Head

  • I may still have a few copies of Walt Disney's Comics & Stories I read as a wee lad, which often featured the wacky adventures of the pathological wealth-hoarder Uncle Scrooge McDuck, who maintained underground lairs loaded with gold coins he'd occasionally go swimming in.

    Rev. Peter M. Wallace: What Are You Hoarding, And Where Are You Hoarding It?

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