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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 done by speakers in some parts of England. She's been dropping her aitches to try to fit in with the other kids.
See also: aitch, drop

773H

slang Hell. The phrase spells out "hell" upside-down and backwards. Hey, don't say 773H in front of the children!

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?

773H

verb
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Researchers at Manchester University said the footballer dropped his aitches 80 per cent of the time before he went to the US to play for the LA Galaxy.
The battle of the two 'Aitches' continued after the break as Howarth retook the lead to make it 13-11 with a penalty and then banged over another three to stretch Newport into an almost unassailable lead.
Not over-burdened with brains, eternally forgiving of her "Tracy, loov", a mountain of dropped aitches outside No.
Katie Hopkins, the one who believes her kids should be kept away from common children with common names in case they catch rickets, or even worse, start dropping their aitches, has been passing judgment on minorities again.
My grandfather invented it years ago, but only because his mangled Black Country dialect involved dropping all aitches and adding them to any words which began with a vowel.
It is not his moustache that is the problem, nor his dropped aitches, his anti-charisma or even his pathetic whinging in the Telegraph.
"He didn't have trouble with his aitches; he just never used them in the correct places.
My mother told me never to trust a man who drops his aitches - Former Tory spin doctor Amanda Platell.I never smoke dope before going on political panel shows - Commentator Lauren Booth, half-sister of Cherie Blair.
But it admits that although the Queen is drifting towards a more standard English accent, she still sounds a great deal posher than most and is unlikely ever to start dropping her aitches.
David Evans has shown, whether you approve of his message or not, that bellowing from the terraces, dropping aitches, and letting the grammar look after itself is far more effective than an entire regiment of think- tanks with a flotilla of image-makers thrown in.
How the property's ghosts must shudder as dropped aitches and malapropisms crash to glass floors.
And members may now affect to drop their 'aitches' while slumming it with the great unwashed, but in truth theirs is a privileged world with little in common with those they govern.
I am indeed in favour of tolerance and being tolerated, Mr Barnard, and just as much when one has an idiosyncratic way of speaking or writing as when one has a common one - such as dropping one's aitches.
Elegant Audrey Hepburn, no one's idea of a cockney flower girl, comes into her own after Rex Harrison has polished up her aitches. Rather stiff and formal film version of the smash hit musical, with memorable songs and good comic support from Stanley Holloway.
Johnny Depp is dropping aitches as a cockney rozzer on Jack the Ripper's trail in this handsome treatment of a familiar Victorian conspiracy, digitally dressed up to resemble a vintage Hammer horror.