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dick1 British & World English

A man’s penis

dick2 British & World English

A detective

Butkus, Dick British & World English

(1942-), US football player; full name Richard Marvin Butkus. A middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears 1965–73, he was named to the National Football League’s (NFL) All-Pro team six times. Football Hall of Fame (1979)

Cheney, Dick British & World English

(1941-), US vice president 2001–09; full name Richard Bruce Cheney. A conservative Republican from Wyoming, he served as secretary of defense under President George H. W. Bush 1989–93 before becoming vice president under President George W. Bush. He was a major proponent of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003

clever Dick British & World English

A person who is irritatingly and ostentatiously knowledgeable or intelligent

Turpin, Dick British & World English

(1706–39), English highwayman. He was a cattle and deer thief in Essex before entering into partnership with Tom King, a notorious highwayman. Turpin was hanged at York for horse-stealing

Francis, Dick British & World English

(1920–2010), English jockey and writer; full name Richard Stanley Francis. He was champion jockey 1953-4. After his retirement in 1957 he began writing thrillers, mostly set in the world of horse racing

spotted dick British & World English

A suet pudding containing currants

Van Dyke, Dick British & World English

(1925-), US actor and comedian; full name Richard Wayne Van Dyke. He starred in the television series The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–66) and Diagnosis Murder (1993–2001). His movies include Bye Bye Birdie (1963), which he also did on Broadway 1960–61, and Mary Poppins (1965)

Whittington, Dick British & World English

(D.1423), English merchant and Lord Mayor of London; full name Sir Richard Whittington. Whittington was a mercer who became Lord Mayor three times (1397-8; 1406-7; 1419–20). The legend of his early life as a poor orphan was first recorded in 1605

Tom, Dick, and Harry British & World English

Used to refer to ordinary people in general

Fosbury, Richard British & World English

(B.1947), American high jumper. He originated the now standard style of jumping known as the ‘Fosbury flop’, in which the jumper clears the bar head first and backwards. In 1968 he won the Olympic gold medal using this technique

Tom, Dick, or Harry in Tom, Dick, and Harry British & World English

Used to refer to ordinary people in general