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*tight as Dick's hatband

Fig. very tight. (*Also: as ~.) I've got to lose some weight. My belt is as tight as Dick's hatband. This window is stuck tight as Dick's hatband.
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At the Old Bailey he was reported as wearing "entirely new [dress], green coat, buckskin breeches, ruffled shirt, and hat bound round with silver strings;" at Tyburn, he was "elegantly dressed in a new Suit of light Blue," not to mention "a Hatband and white Ribbands.
A long feather jutting up out of the hatband was the finishing touch everywhere.
I could feel the sun-scorched ground heating the soles of my feet, a trickle of sweat slowly creeping down my spine--my hatband was wet and we had left the vehicle almost six hours ago.
Look closely at the hatband and see if you can decipher the meaning of the three stylized letters so appropriate to the artist's predicament.
She remembers her very first hat; in fact, as she picks up a child's brown felt hat with ribbon ties and a matching hatband with streamers, "I know it was a little brown hat - I think this probably is it," she says.
New Zealand's huia bird, prized for her scimitar beak and pleated Victorian petticoat tail, was hunted extinct except for this diving-belled brooch and sad hatband, fast falling to dust in the Smithsonian.
Then squeeze a quarter size dollop of white decorator's icing onto the bottom of the gumdrop and gently press it down onto the center of the cookie so the icing spreads around the base and resembles a white hatband.
At the battle of Mardyck (June 14th, 1658) one bullet was stopped by his hatband and removed by his commanding officer, the Duke of York.
Using latex and gold leaf, Czosnyka gives her trashcan finds new life, and tucked in with vintage lace or a satin hatband, the results make for gorgeous millinery keepsakes.
Ceremoniously, a tail feather was plucked from that bird and placed in Joe's hatband.
It is not necessary to gather the cast of characters to become a new fan of CJ Floyd; you can jump right in with this book and go back and read others like The Devil's Hatband, The Fourth Perspective (reviewed by Clark's Eye on Books a few months ago), or several others which star CJ Floyd.
You can expect up to 30 hours of light from the lights, which are powered by flat coin batteries located in the hatband.
If his conduct during the first three months is good, he is promoted to the first class and exchanges his blue hatband for one of red.