Jekyll and Hyde
noun Etymology: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, representing the two-sided personality of the protagonist in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) by R. L. Stevenson Date: circa 1922 one having a two-sided personality one side of which is good and the other evil

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Jekyll and Hyde — in reference to opposite aspects of a person s character, from Robert Louis Stevenson s story, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, published 1886. The surname Jekyll is of Breton origin and was originally a personal name. Though so… …   Etymology dictionary

  • jekyll and hyde — Someone who has a Jekyll and Hyde personality has a pleasant and a very unpleasant side to the character …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Jekyll and Hyde — 1. A slang term referring to the strengths and weaknesses of a company s financial statements. 2. An asset that suddenly increases or decreases in value. 3. A senior manager s good and bad qualities, or the polarized views between two key… …   Investment dictionary

  • jekyll-and-hyde — |jekələn(d)|hīd also |jēk or |jāk adjective Usage: usually capitalized J&H Etymology: after Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the two sides of the split personality of the chief character in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) by Robert… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Jekyll and Hyde — a Jekyll and Hyde someone whose personality has two different parts, one very nice and the other very unpleasant. Many alcoholics develop Jekyll and Hyde personalities …   New idioms dictionary

  • Jekyll-and-Hyde — /dʒɛkəl ən ˈhaɪd/ (say jekuhl uhn huyd) adjective 1. (of a person) having sharply contrasted good and bad qualities. –noun 2. a person having such sharply contrasted qualities. {from the dual personality character in RL Stevenson s The Strange… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Jekyll and Hyde — Jek|yll and Hyde [ˌdʒekıl ənd ˈhaıd] n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, a story (1886) by Robert Louis Stevenson about a man with a good character and an evil character] someone who is sometimes nice but at… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Jekyll and Hyde — Jek′yll and Hyde′ [[t]ˈdʒɛk əl, ˈdʒi kəl[/t]] n. a person marked by dual personality, one aspect of which is good and the other bad • Etymology: after the protagonist of Robert Louis Stevenson s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) …   From formal English to slang

  • Jekyll and Hyde — /jek euhl, jee keuhl/ a person marked by dual personality, one aspect of which is good and the other bad. [after the protagonist of Robert Louis Stevenson s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)] * * * …   Universalium

  • Jekyll and Hyde — UK [ˌdʒek(ə)l ən ˈhaɪd] / US noun [singular] someone who seems to have two different characters, one good and one bad • Etymology: From the name of a character who appears in the book The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by the British… …   English dictionary

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