Unfinished, as in ".... they called in while I was busy 'round the house so I had to leave the work on half."
Half soaked, 'alf soaked
Slow in movement and/or wit; "He's proper 'alf soaked - too slow to catch a cold.!
Hammer and Tongs
Loudly, passioately; "You could 'ear them 'alf way down the street - quarreling 'ammer and tongs they was!"
Hammering/'ammering, a good...
A thrashing, as in "When I get you home by damn you're in for a good 'ammering!"
(a) Tricked; "He thought he had a bargain there, but he was had!"
(b) Available ; "I was out of flour to make a bit of cake, and there was none to be had."
Summoned to appear in court; "He was 'ad up for speeding... "
Hair off/'air off
Showing anger; "You're dad will 'ave 'is 'air off when 'e sees what you been up to!"
Hand/'and, turn 'is...
Ability, skill as in "Oh, 'e's a tidy feller 'round the 'ouse - (he can) turn 'is 'and to anythin(g)."
Hand, in your...
(a) A way of having tea; "Will you have a cup of tea in your hand, or will you have it by the table, tidy like??!
(b) Readily available; "You can't turn that down - it's money in the 'and really!"
Hand's turn/ 'and's turn
Work, as in "'E's too tired to gerrout of 'is own way - never does (a) 'ands turn 'round the 'ouse."
Skilful, good at D.I.Y.: "'E's real 'andy 'round the 'ouse - e've just knocked their two rooms into one!"
Haze for heat/'aze for 'eat
A phrase used by local weather prophets when assuring you that the early morning mist will give way to warm sunshine.
(a) Plenty, a large number; "She put plenty of food forthem - there was 'eaps to be 'ad there." and "There's 'eaps/loads a people coming to the party."
(b) A good deal, as in "She've been bard this ages - but she's 'eaps better now!".
Willingness, motivation "They're so slummocky - I'm gone. I don't have no 'eart to clean the place now."
Crowded, as in "I'm gone. I 'ate all this Christmas shopping - everywhere's 'eavin(g), innit??"
Heavy hand/'eavy 'and
Strees and strain, as in "She've 'ad (a) 'eavy 'and with 'im - nursing 'im all through the winter."
Liking a lot of, as in "He's light on the milk, but he's heavy handed on the sugar."
To hop. This is the Welsh word for the action.
At ease with - another Welsh word.
Height, in Wenglsih, is treated in the same manner as 'depth'; "That tree you planted is a fair hight-th/eyth-th now, innit?"
Conceited. stuck up; "'Ikey bit she is for sure!"
Seemingly on of the most popular forms of local greting nowadays having supplanted to a large extent one time favourites like 'shw mai?', and 'owbe?' and 'awright?'
What awful, as in "Here's weather - masty like?"
sick/'it 'im sick
A dreadful sounding, often uttered (but thankfully rarely executed) local threat,;"There's times I could cheerfully 'it 'im sick."
'Moonlighting', illicit work, as in "'E's supposed (sposed) to be on the sick, but 'e's doing a tidy few 'obbles!"
Extent, as in "There was no half measures - we atta go the whole (whool) hog/'ool 'og."
Wenglish for 'hold' as in "He took holt of her coat to stop her from going."
Without preparation, unexpectedly, as in "Only after breakfast they told us about it - we atta go on the 'op as it were."
Expectations, as in "'E's been real bard this ages, but there's 'opes for 'im now."
hell/'ope in 'ell
No chance at all, as in "I told 'em to forget it - they 'aven't an 'ope in 'ell."
How are you placed?, as in "They're running a trip to the Panto on Tuesday - how are you fixed for going?"
(are) you keeping?
A local enquiry about the stae of one's health; "How (are) you keepin(g) these days with all this sicknuss about??"
you off for.... ?
How well provided are you for... ?? Do you need any fresh supplies of...?
you sell.... ?
What price is/are.... ? As in, "How do you sell the apples, eggs, ham etc..."
What are my prospects?; "How's it looking to borrow a couple of quid??"
A local greeting
Carry; "When you've finished youer shopping, you gorrw 'ump it all the way back!"
Searched, as in ".... I can't think where it can be - I've 'unted 'igh and low ....