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drop (one's) aitches

To not pronounce the "h" sound (typically when it appears at the beginning of words), as is customary in some parts of England. Ever since her semester abroad in London, she's been dropping her aitches.
See also: aitch, drop

drop your aitches

fail to pronounce the ‘h’ sound, especially at the beginning of words.
In Britain, dropping your aitches is considered by some to be a sign of a lack of education or of inferior social class.
1903 George Bernard Shaw Man & Superman This man takes more trouble to drop his aitches than ever his father did to pick them up.
See also: aitch, drop

ˌdrop your ˈaitches

not pronounce the ‘h’ sound, especially at the beginning of a word, where it is pronounced in standard English
This is a feature of some English accents, for example the London one.
See also: aitch, drop

seven-seven-three-aitch

and 773H
n. hell. (This is based on the printed word HELL rotated 180 degrees. Jocular.) What the seven-seven-three-aitch is going on around here?
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As owner of the family business, Crows' Amusements, Aitch spends a lot of time outdoors or in fun fair cubicles.
Bob Eaton, the man who gave us the original Three Minute Hero play, said: "Even though the band were basically put together for the play (Tim Egan, Elizah Jackson, Kitty Eaton-Kent, Conor Nolan, Joe Eaton-Kent, Ruby Fardon, Charlie Blythe and special guest Aitch from The Selecter), I would love to see them at The 2-Tone Village.
Something has been bugging me with the Examiner for the past 60 years or so, regarding what to do with 'a' and 'an' when it comes to words starting with the letter aitch.
Cheshire property developer John Donald made it three wins from his last four Wetherby runners when Mr Aitch defied top-weight to collect the 2m handicap hurdle under Sean Quinlan.
A book entitled Em Eye Doubledee Ellie Ess Bee Are Oh You Gee Aitch, which spells Middlesbrough, will be launched at the performance.
Since then Aitch (Ian Aitchison) and I have been concentrating on convincing the players they can win matches by playing positive rugby,and driving home the message that you have to keep going for the full 80 minutes.
The opening novices' hurdle went to Mr Strachan from the Sue Smith yard, with the son of Zaffaran drawing right away in the straight to score by a distance from Aitch Doubleyou in the hands of Michael O'Connell.
Cinnamon Aitch collected the outstanding business development prize at the ceremony set up to recognise companies which have all been on the Business Support for Creative Industries Programme.
Aitch (Harry Stewart, West Kirby) Steve Hanna Handicap Dinghies: 1.
Folk legend Dave Swarbrick, Aitch Bembridge, the original drummer for The Selecter, the late Beverley Jones and The Sorrows have been added to the list of the Coventry's most influential music legends.
The opening novices' hurdle went to Mr Strachan from the Sue Smith yard, the son of Zaffaran drawing right away in the straight to score by a distance from Aitch Doubleyou in the hands of Michael O'Connell.
Sarah Danby and Sara Burford, of Digbeth-based Cinnamon Aitch, started producing hand crafted greetings cards four years ago, after their previous business making elaborate embroideries for the fashion industry became untenable.
Aitch McCormick, 45, of Holmeside Walk, Stockton, was given 150 hours community punishment and banned from driving for three years for drink driving.
AITCH the cat has been coaxed back to health after his owner turned him into a junkie.
AITCH BEMBRIDGE (sponsored by Cliff Evans) NOT only the original drummer with the Selecter, Aitch has also been part of The Specials set-up and has drummed for the legendary Desmond Dekker.