- noun cannabis, dope. Rhyming slang from the name of the British-born American comedian. The term is usually said in full, as in ‘We’ve run out of Bob Hope, let’s call the man’. The ‘H’ is often dropped, in self-conscious imitation of the appropriate accent (compare the self-conscious glottal stop in, e.g., bottle). This is an example of rhyming slang used, and probably coined, by young middle-class soft-drug users in imitation of traditional working-class cockney rhyming slang.