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  • noun informal The Devil.


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  • Passing two high white rocks rising out of the water, called Old Harry and his Wife, we stood on into Swanage Bay, where we brought-up just off the little town.

    A Yacht Voyage Round England

  • Norman Miller, president and CEO of Corridor Resources Inc, said his company's prospect, known as Old Harry, lies about 100 kilometres due west of Codroy in the Laurentian Channel.

    The Gulf News: News

  • He stepped out, and Old Harry closed and locked the door behind him.

    Unwise Child

  • The kid was sprawled flat on the floor, and Old Harry was holding a shock gun in his hand.

    Unwise Child

  • Mike told him, and Old Harry went over to the proper bin, pulled them out, all properly boxed, and handed them to him.

    Unwise Child

  • "The news is, sir," Hinge answered, standing in attitude of attention, and smiling like a happy Gargoyle -- "the news is, sir, as the Italians is playing Old Harry at Milan with them Austrians, and old Louis Philippe turned up at Newhaven, England, yesterday."

    In Direst Peril

  • The muftis, we have said, were sorely puzzled, and at last set it down as an infallible truth that he must be none other than Old Harry, whereas there was not a sailor in the fleet that did not know that it was none other than Old Charley.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXVI. October, 1843. Vol. LIV.

  • Other expressions, such as Old Nick, Old Harry, have found a home in Wales.

    Welsh Folk-Lore a Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales

  • Tulliver was, on the whole, a man of safe traditional opinions; but on one or two points he had trusted to his unassisted intellect, and had arrived at several questionable conclusions; amongst the rest, that rats, weevils, and lawyers were created by Old Harry.

    III. Mr. Riley Gives His Advice Concerning a School for Tom. Book I—Boy and Girl

  • Blenkiron and I have been moving in the best circles as skilled American engineers who are going to play Old Harry with the



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