drop (one's) aitches

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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
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She does not drop her aitches, but now says 'mat' where she would have said 'met'.
She may not drop her aitches or have a glottal stop, but over the last 40 years the Monarch's accent has drifted to one characteristic of her subjects who are younger and lower in the social hierarchy, say linguistic experts at Sydney's Macquarie University.
She may not drop her aitches or have a glottal stop, but over the last 40 years the Monarch's accent has drifted to one more like those of her subjects who are younger and lower in the social hierarchy, according to linguistic experts at Sydney's Macquarie University.
She does not drop her aitches but has toned down her plummy accent and is starting to sound like an East Ender.
FUNNIEST thing about 2Point4 Children (possibly the only funny thing) is the frightfully posh Belinda Lang, who plays Bill, trying to remember to drop her aitches.