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            hand

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            1 hand /?h?nd/ noun
            plural hands
            1 hand
            /?h?nd/
            noun
            plural hands
            Learner's definition of HAND
            [count]
            : the body part at the end of your arm that includes your fingers and thumb
            used in some phrases to refer to a person
            hands [plural] : power, possession, or control
            [singular] : physical help : assistance in doing something
            often + with
            see also helping hand
            [count] : a long, thin part that points to a number on a clock or dial
            [noncount] somewhat old-fashioned : a promise of marriage
            [singular] : the act of hitting your hands together to show approval, appreciation, etc. : the act of applauding
            [count]
            : the cards that are held by a player in a card game
            often used figuratively
            see also overplay your hand at overplay
            : a single round of play in a card game
            [count]
            : a hired worker
            see also farmhand, old hand, stagehand
            : a member of a ship's crew usually plural
            [count] : someone who performs or produces something (such as a work of art) usually singular
            10 
            [singular] : a particular way or style of doing or handling something
            see also heavy-handed
            11 
            [singular] old-fashioned : the way a person's writing looks : a type of handwriting
            12 
            [count] : a unit of measure equal to 4 inches (about 10.16 centimeters) and used especially to measure the height of horses

            a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

            see bird

            a show of hands

            see 2show

            at first hand

            see 1first

            at hand

            : close in distance or time

            at the hand(s) of

            : by or through the action of (someone or something)

            be eating out of someone's hand

            see eat

            by hand

            : from one person directly to another

            by the hand

            : by holding someone's hand
            sometimes used figuratively

            by your own hand

            : by your own actions

            change hands

            see 1change

            fall into the hands of

            see 1fall

            fall into the wrong hands

            see 1fall

            force someone's hand

            see 2force

            get your hands dirty

            see 1dirty

            get/lay your hands on

            : to find, get, or control (someone or something)

            give your right hand

            see 1give

            good with your hands

            : skillful at things that require the use of your hands

            grease the hand of

            see 2grease

            hand and foot

            used to describe someone whose hands and feet are tied to prevent escape or movement
            ? To wait on someone hand and foot is to provide everything that someone needs or wants.

            hand in glove

            : very closely

            hand in hand

            : holding hands : grasping another person's hand
            used to say that two people or things are very closely connected or related

            hand over fist

            informal
            used to say that someone is earning or losing money very quickly or in large amounts

            hands are tied

            ? If your hands are tied, you cannot do anything about a situation because you do not have the power to act freely.

            hands off

            used as a command to tell someone not to touch something

            hand to mouth

            : without much money : in poverty
            see also hand-to-mouth

            hat in hand

            (US) or British cap in hand
            : asking or begging for something in a respectful way

            have a hand in

            : to be involved in (something)

            have someone in the palm of your hand

            see 1palm

            have your hands full

            : to be very busy

            heavy on your hands

            see 2heavy

            hold hands

            or hold someone's hand
            : to hold a person's hand in one of your hands for a period of time
            : to guide someone through a process by carefully explaining each step

            in good/safe hands

            : being taken care of very well

            in hand

            : in your possession or control
            ? To take someone in hand is to begin to guide or direct someone who has been behaving badly.
            chiefly British : available for use

            join hands

            see join

            keep your hand in

            informal
            : to continue to be involved in some activity

            keep/get your hands off (of)

            : to not touch (something)
            often used figuratively

            know (something) like the back of your hand

            see 1know

            lay a hand on

            : to touch or harm (someone)

            off your hands

            : no longer in your possession or no longer your responsibility

            on hand

            : available for use
            : present and available to do something

            on the one hand, on the other hand

            used to introduce statements that describe two different or opposite ideas, people, etc.

            on your hands

            used to say that you have something or are responsible for something
            see also blood on your hands at blood

            on your hands and knees

            : with your hands and knees on the ground : in a crawling position

            out of hand

            : very quickly without serious thought
            : not controlled

            out of your hands

            used to say that you cannot control something

            play into someone's hands

            see 1play

            putty in your hands

            see 1putty

            safe pair of hands

            British
            : someone who can be trusted with responsibility or a job

            sit on your hands

            see 1sit

            take (something) into your (own) hands

            : to take control of something

            to hand

            : available for use

            try your hand

            : to try to do something usually + at

            turn your hand to

            : to begin doing (something) usually in a skillful way : to start (a new activity, field of study, etc.)

            wash your hands of

            see 1wash

            with your bare hands

            : using only your hands and no tools or weapons
            2 hand /?h?nd/ verb
            hands; handed; handing
            2 hand
            /?h?nd/
            verb
            hands; handed; handing
            Learner's definition of HAND
            [+ object]
            : to give (something) to someone using your hands

            hand back

            [phrasal verb]
            hand (something) back or hand back (something)
            : to return (something) by handing it to someone

            hand down

            [phrasal verb]
            hand (something) down or hand down (something)
            : to pass (something) from a person who is older (such as a parent) to a person who is younger (such as a child)
            chiefly US, law : to form and express (a decision or opinion) in writing

            hand in

            [phrasal verb]
            hand (something) in or hand in (something)
            : to give (something) to a person who will review or accept it

            hand it to

            informal
            : to give credit to (someone) for doing something

            hand off

            [phrasal verb]
            hand (something) off or hand off (something) US
            : to give (something) to another person

            hand on

            [phrasal verb]
            hand (something) on or hand on (something) formal
            : to pass (something) from one person to another

            hand out

            [phrasal verb]
            hand (something) out or hand out (something)
            : to give (something) to several or many people

            hand over

            [phrasal verb]
            hand (someone or something) over or hand over (someone or something)
            : to give up control or possession of (something or someone)
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