a handle to (one's) name

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a handle to (one's) name

A sobriquet, title, or designation. Big guys always seem to have things like "Tiny" as a handle to their name. Now that you've got your PhD, you've got a handle to your name, doctor!
See also: handle, name
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handle to one's name

A nickname or title, as in He was knighted and now had a handle to his name, or His gluttony earned him a handle to his name, Big Mouth. [First half of 1800s]
See also: handle, name
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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