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  • n. The bone at the center of a ham
  • n. A ham; an eager or inferior performer
  • n. A certain type of dance that involves making noise with the body, especially by slapping parts of the body with one's hands
  • n. Four consecutive strikes.


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ham +‎ bone


  • ULABY: Scholars trace this pattern to church tambourines, West African drumming, and a hand-patting rhythm called hambone that goes back to slavery.

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  • A hambone is the perfect foundation for a great soup.

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  • In these a hambone was a performer in blackface overacting dialect routines (as in the song, "The Ham-Fat Man").

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  • Diddley, whose signature "hambone" beat provided one of the original and most enduring rhythms in rock, built the foundations from which many musicians - including the British invasion bands of the 1960s - have built.

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  • The children's game "hambone" used a similar rhythm.

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  • 'hambone' goes to iraq and makes farrah reyna cry the zionist occupation of iraq is the war in iraq franklin graham is full of crap ralph nader talks about israel's attack upon the uss liberty agtr-5 remember the uss liberty agtr-5 attack

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  • What I'm hoping for is that people will want to have a conversation with me and that you know, my company did a lot of work with, like hambone, but we're primarily a white dance company.

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  • The members are mostly Caucasian, and so what does it mean to do hambone?

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  • Before his Patagonia days traveler extraordinaire Bruce Chatwin studied archeology at the university here, which counts among its rectors the best Scrooge in the movies, hambone extraordinaire Alastair Sim.

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  • Form of body percussion music where legs, thighs, and upper body are rhythmically slapped, accompanied by the rhytmic uttering of "he's" and "haws".

    September 4, 2009