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Marjorie Holmes A child's hand in yours-what tenderness
it arouses, what power it conjures. You are instantly the very touchstone
of wisdom and strength.
Edna O'BrienMy hand does the work and I don't have to think; in fact,
were I to think, it would stop the flow. It's like a dam in the brain that
Time magazine-The doodle is the brooding of the hand.
You can't shake hands with a clenched fist.- Indira Gandhi
Never raise your hand to your children; it leaves your midsection unprotected.
A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.
The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.
go hand in hand.
from hand to hand
in your hand
Put your hand in the hand of the man!
Hands On Vehicle
Hold a true friend with both hands.
Win hearts, and you have all men's hands and purses.
William Cecil Burleigh
Use your enemy's hand to catch a snake.
Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand,- William Shakespeare
Men of ill judgment oft ignore the good That lies within their hands,
till they have lost it.-Sophocles
Lend a hand
One hand clapping
Hand it over
Hand it to you
He wins every hand who mingles profit with pleasure.- Horace
Whatever thy hand findest to do, do it with all thy heart. -Jesus Christ
may God hold you in the palm of his hand.- Irish Blessing
The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand
of a neighbor.- Hubert H. Humphrey
The art of life is to show your hand.-E.V. Lucas
..[I] put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
John Gillespie Magee Jr., High Flight
Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort
to go hand-in-hand.
On the other hand
The best helping hand that you will ever receive is the one at the end
of your own arm.
a warm and tender hand.
Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.
Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)
handing it on
The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but hold hands.
Handle with care
Finance is the art of passing currency from hand to hand until it finally
Robert W. Sarnoff
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct
or more uncertain in its
success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
Niccolo Machiavelli "The Prince" 1532
My father never raised his hand to any one of his children, except in
Fred Allen (1894 - 1956)
Out of hand
Cash in Hand
man at man's hand receiveth most harm and mischief.
Pliny The Elder (23 AD - 79 AD)
The hand that rules the press, the radio, the screen and the far-spread
magazine, rules the
When I can't handle events, I let them handle themselves.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)
Hand in hand
Hand to mouth
The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head
Robert M. Persig
The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a
poor hand well.
H. T. Leslie
Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands
of other men.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
One hand washes the other
Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your
hands.- Carl Schurz
The Red hand of Ulster
Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've
flung it away.
He is free knows how to keep in his own hands the power to decide.
Salvador De Madriaga
A handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning.
A free hand
ALLIANCE, n. In international politics, the union of two thieves who
have their hands so
deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder
Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914), The Devil's Dictionary
While your friend holds you affectionately by both your hands you are
safe, for you can watch
HAND, n. A singular instrument worn at the end of the human arm and
commonly thrust into
Laying on of hands
LECTURER, n. One with his hand in your pocket, his tongue in your ear
and his faith in your
Raise your hand
REACH, n. The radius of action of the human hand. The area within which
it is possible (and
customary) to gratify directly the propensity to provide.
Hand in glove
Hand in marriage
By his hand
By my own hand
Knowledge is a deadly friend when no-one sets the rules. The fate of
all mankind, I see, is in the
hands of fools.
Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can
see and few can feel.
Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.
To make a man happy, fill his hands with work.
Frederick E. Crane
a.The terminal part of the human arm located below the forearm, used for
grasping and holding and consisting of the wrist, palm, four fingers, and
b.A homologous or similar part in other animals, as the terminal part of
the forelimb in certain vertebrates.
2.A unit of length
equal to 4 inches (10.2 centimeters), used especially to specify the height
of a horse.
the shape or function of the human hand, especially:
a.Any of the rotating pointers used as indexes on the face of a mechanical
b.A pointer, as on a gauge or dial.
4.Printing. See index
(n., sense 3).
indicated according to the way in which one is facing: at my right hand.
6.A style or individual
sample of writing.
7.A round of applause
to signify approval.
help: gave me a hand with the bags.
a.The cards held in a card game by a given player at any time.
b.The number of cards dealt each player; the deal.
c.A player or participant in a card game: We need a fourth hand for bridge.
d.A portion or section of a game during which all the cards dealt out are
played: a hand of poker.
a.One who performs manual labor: a factory hand.
b.One who is part of a group or crew: the ship's hands.
11.A participant in an activity,
often one who specializes in a particular activity or pursuit: called for
more hands to decorate the Christmas tree; an old hand at
a.The degree of immediacy of a source of information; degree of reliability:
probably heard the scandalous tale at third hand.
b.The strength or force of one's position: negotiated from a strong hand.
a.Possession, ownership, or keeping: The books should be in your hands
b.Power; jurisdiction; care: The defendant's fate is in the hands of the
jury. Dinner is in the hands of the chef.
a.Involvement or participation: "In all this was evident the hand of the
counterrevolutionaries" (John Reed).
b.An influence or effect: The general manager had a hand in all the major
c.Evidence of craft or artistic skill: can see the hand of a genius even
in the lighter poems.
15.An aptitude or ability:
I tried my hand at decorating.
16.The aesthetic feel or
tactile quality of something, such as a fabric, textile, or carpeting,
that indicates its fineness, texture, and durability.
17.A manner or way of performing
something: a light hand with makeup.
a.Permission or a promise, especially a pledge to wed.
b.A commitment or an agreement, especially when sealed by a handshake;
one's word: You have my hand on that.
v. tr. hand·ed, hand·ing, hands.
1.To give or pass with
or as if with the hands; transmit: Hand me your keys.
2.To aid, direct,
or conduct with the hands: The usher handed the patron to a reserved seat.
3.Nautical. To roll
up and secure (a sail); furl.
1.To bequeath as an
inheritance to one's heirs.
2.To make and pronounce
an official decision, especially a court verdict.
To turn over to another.
1.To distribute freely;
2.To administer or
To release or relinquish to another.
1.Close by; near.
2.Soon in time; imminent:
Retribution is at hand.
at the hand or at the hands of
Performed by someone or through the agency
hand it to Informal
To give credit to: You've got to hand
it to her; she knows what she's doing.
1.Under control: The
project is well in hand.
2.Accessible at the
off (one's) hands
No longer under one's jurisdiction, within
one's responsibility, or in one's care: We finally got that project off
on (one's) hands or upon (one's) hands
In one's possession, often as an imposed
responsibility or burden: Now they have the grandchildren on their hands.
on the one hand
As one point of view; from one standpoint.
on the other hand
As another point of view; from another
out of hand
1.Out of control: Employee
absenteeism has gotten out of hand.
2.At once; immediately.
3.Over and done with;
4.Uncalled for or
2.In one's possession.
[Middle English from Old English.]
Source: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language,
Hand (hnd), (Billings) Learned. 1872-1961.
American jurist. As a federal judge (1924-1951)
his influence was so great that he was sometimes called the "tenth man"
of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Source: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third
Hand \Hand\, n. A gambling game played by American Indians, consisting
of guessing the whereabouts of bits of ivory or the like, which are passed
rapidly from hand to hand.
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary,
Hand \Hand\, n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand,
OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h["o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth.
hinpan to seize (in comp.). Cf. Hunt.] 1.
That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in man
and monkeys, and the corresponding part in many other animals; manus; paw.
2. That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office
of, a human hand; as: (a) A limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk,
or any one of the four extremities of a
monkey. (b) An index or pointer on a dial; as, the hour or minute
hand of a clock.
3. A measure equal to a hand's breadth, -- four inches; a palm.
Chiefly used in measuring the height of horses.
4. Side; part; direction, either right or left.
On this hand and that hand, were hangings. --Ex. xxxviii. 15.
The Protestants were then on the winning hand. --Milton.
5. Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill;
He had a great mind to try his hand at a Spectator. --Addison.
6. Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence,
manner of performance.
To change the hand in carrying on the war. --Clarendon.
Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by my hand. --Judges
7. An agent; a servant, or laborer; a workman, trained or competent
for special service or duty; a performer more or less skillful; as, a deck
hand; a farm hand; an old hand at
A dictionary containing a natural history requires too many hands,
as well as too much time, ever to be hoped for. --Locke.
I was always reckoned a lively hand at a simile. --Hazlitt.
8. Handwriting; style of penmanship; as, a good, bad or running
hand. Hence, a signature.
I say she never did invent this letter; This is a man's invention
and his hand. --Shak.
Some writs require a judge's hand. --Burril.
9. Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction;
management; -- usually in the plural. ``Receiving in hand one year's tribute.''
Albinus . . . found means to keep in his hands the government
of Britain. --Milton.
10. Agency in transmission from one person to another; as, to
buy at first hand, that is, from the producer, or when new; at second hand,
that is, when no longer in the
producer's hand, or when not new.
11. Rate; price. [Obs.] ``Business is bought at a dear hand,
where there is small dispatch.'' --Bacon.
12. That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once; as: (a)
(Card Playing) The quota of cards received from the dealer. (b) (Tobacco
Manuf.) A bundle of tobacco leaves tied
13. (Firearms) The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which
is grasped by the hand in taking aim.
Note: Hand is used figuratively for a large variety of acts or
things, in the doing, or making, or use of which the hand is in some way
employed or concerned; also, as a symbol
to denote various qualities or conditions, as: (a) Activity;
operation; work; -- in distinction from the head, which implies thought,
and the heart, which implies affection. ``His
hand will be against every man.'' --Gen. xvi. 12. (b) Power;
might; supremacy; -- often in the Scriptures. ``With a mighty hand . .
. will I rule over you.'' --Ezek. xx. 33. (c) Fraternal
feeling; as, to give, or take, the hand; to give the right hand.
(d) Contract; -- commonly of marriage; as, to ask the hand; to pledge the
Note: Hand is often used adjectively or in compounds (with or
without the hyphen), signifying performed by the hand; as, hand blow or
hand-blow, hand gripe or hand-gripe:
used by, or designed for, the hand; as, hand ball or handball,
hand bow, hand fetter, hand grenade or hand-grenade, handgun or hand gun,
handloom or hand loom, handmill or
hand organ or handorgan, handsaw or hand saw, hand-weapon: measured
or regulated by the hand; as, handbreadth or hand's breadth, hand gallop
or hand-gallop. Most of
the words in the following paragraph are written either as two
words or in combination.
Hand bag, a satchel; a small bag for carrying books, papers,
Hand basket, a small or portable basket.
Hand bell, a small bell rung by the hand; a table bell. --Bacon.
Hand bill, a small pruning hook. See 4th Bill.
Hand car. See under Car.
Hand director (Mus.), an instrument to aid in forming a good
position of the hands and arms when playing on the piano; a hand guide.
Hand drop. See Wrist drop.
Hand gallop. See under Gallop.
Hand gear (Mach.), apparatus by means of which a machine, or
parts of a machine, usually operated by other power, may be operated by
Hand glass. (a) A glass or small glazed frame, for the protection
of plants. (b) A small mirror with a handle.
Hand guide. Same as Hand director (above).
Hand language, the art of conversing by the hands, esp. as practiced
by the deaf and dumb; dactylology.
Hand lathe. See under Lathe.
Hand money, money paid in hand to bind a contract; earnest money.
Hand organ (Mus.), a barrel organ, operated by a crank turned
Hand plant. (Bot.) Same as Hand tree (below). -- Hand rail, a
rail, as in staircases, to hold by. --Gwilt.
Hand sail, a sail managed by the hand. --Sir W. Temple.
Hand screen, a small screen to be held in the hand.
Hand screw, a small jack for raising heavy timbers or weights;
(Carp.) a screw clamp.
Hand staff (pl. Hand staves), a javelin. --Ezek. xxxix. 9.
Hand stamp, a small stamp for dating, addressing, or canceling
papers, envelopes, etc.
Hand tree (Bot.), a lofty tree found in Mexico (Cheirostemon
platanoides), having red flowers whose stamens unite in the form of a hand.
Hand vise, a small vise held in the hand in doing small work.
Hand work, or Handwork, work done with the hands, as distinguished
from work done by a machine; handiwork.
All hands, everybody; all parties.
At all hands, On all hands, on all sides; from every direction;
At any hand, At no hand, in any (or no) way or direction; on
any account; on no account. ``And therefore at no hand consisting with
the safety and interests of humility.'' --Jer.
At first hand, At second hand. See def. 10 (above).
At hand. (a) Near in time or place; either present and within
reach, or not far distant. ``Your husband is at hand; I hear his trumpet.''
--Shak. (b) Under the hand or bridle. [Obs.]
``Horses hot at hand.'' --Shak.
At the hand of, by the act of; as a gift from. ``Shall we receive
good at the hand of God and shall we not receive evil?'' --Job ii. 10.
Bridle hand. See under Bridle.
By hand, with the hands, in distinction from instrumentality
of tools, engines, or animals; as, to weed a garden by hand; to lift, draw,
or carry by hand.
Clean hands, freedom from guilt, esp. from the guilt of dishonesty
in money matters, or of bribe taking. ``He that hath clean hands shall
be stronger and stronger.'' --Job xvii. 9.
From hand to hand, from one person to another.
Hand in hand. (a) In union; conjointly; unitedly. --Swift. (b)
Just; fair; equitable.
As fair and as good, a kind of hand in hand comparison. --Shak.
Hand over hand, Hand over fist, by passing the hands alternately
one before or above another; as, to climb hand over hand; also, rapidly;
as, to come up with a chase hand
Hand over head, negligently; rashly; without seeing what one
does. [Obs.] --Bacon.
Hand running, consecutively; as, he won ten times hand running.
Hand off! keep off! forbear! no interference or meddling!
Hand to hand, in close union; in close fight; as, a hand to hand
Heavy hand, severity or oppression.
In hand. (a) Paid down. ``A considerable reward in hand, and
. . . a far greater reward hereafter.'' --Tillotson. (b) In preparation;
taking place. --Chaucer. ``Revels . . . in hand.''
--Shak. (c) Under consideration, or in the course of transaction;
as, he has the business in hand.
In one's hand or hands. (a) In one's possession or keeping. (b)
At one's risk, or peril; as, I took my life in my hand.
Laying on of hands, a form used in consecrating to office, in
the rite of confirmation, and in blessing persons.
Light hand, gentleness; moderation.
Note of hand, a promissory note.
Off hand, Out of hand, forthwith; without delay, hesitation,
or difficulty; promptly. ``She causeth them to be hanged up out of hand.''
Off one's hands, out of one's possession or care.
On hand, in present possession; as, he has a supply of goods
On one's hands, in one's possession care, or management.
Putting the hand under the thigh, an ancient Jewish ceremony
used in swearing.
Right hand, the place of honor, power, and strength.
Slack hand, idleness; carelessness; inefficiency; sloth.
Strict hand, severe discipline; rigorous government.
To bear a hand (Naut), to give help quickly; to hasten.
To bear in hand, to keep in expectation with false pretenses.
To be hand and glove, or in glove with. See under Glove.
To be on the mending hand, to be convalescent or improving.
To bring up by hand, to feed (an infant) without suckling it.
To change hand. See Change.
To change hands, to change sides, or change owners. --Hudibras.
To clap the hands, to express joy or applause, as by striking
the palms of the hands together.
To come to hand, to be received; to be taken into possession;
as, the letter came to hand yesterday.
To get hand, to gain influence. [Obs.]
Appetites have . . . got such a hand over them. --Baxter.
To got one's hand in, to make a beginning in a certain work;
to become accustomed to a particular business.
To have a hand in, to be concerned in; to have a part or concern
in doing; to have an agency or be employed in.
To have in hand. (a) To have in one's power or control. --Chaucer.
(b) To be engaged upon or occupied with.
To have one's hands full, to have in hand al that one can do,
or more than can be done conveniently; to be pressed with labor or engagements;
to be surrounded with
To have, or get, the (higher) upper hand, to have, or get, the
better of another person or thing.
To his hand, To my hand, etc., in readiness; already prepared.
``The work is made to his hands.'' --Locke.
To hold hand, to compete successfully or on even conditions.
To lay hands on, to seize; to assault.
To lend a hand, to give assistance.
To lift, or put forth, the hand against, to attack; to oppose;
To live from hand to mouth, to obtain food and other necessaries
as want compels, without previous provision.
To make one's hand, to gain advantage or profit.
To put the hand unto, to steal. --Ex. xxii. 8.
To put the
last, or finishing,
hand to, to make the last corrections in; to complete; to perfect.
To set the hand to, to engage in; to undertake.
That the Lord thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest
thine hand to. --Deut. xxiii. 20.
To stand one in hand, to concern or affect one.
To strike hands, to make a contract, or to become surety for
another's debt or good behavior.
To take in hand. (a) To attempt or undertake. (b) To seize and
deal with; as, he took him in hand.
To wash the hands of, to disclaim or renounce interest in, or
responsibility for, a person or action; as, to wash one's hands of a business.
--Matt. xxvii. 24.
Under the hand of, authenticated by the handwriting or signature
of; as, the deed is executed under the hand and seal of the owner.
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary,
Hand \Hand\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Handed; p. pr. & vb.
n. Handing.] 1. To give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as, he handed
them the letter.
2. To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct; as, to
hand a lady into a carriage.
3. To manage; as, I hand my oar. [Obs.] --Prior.
4. To seize; to lay hands on. [Obs.] --Shak.
5. To pledge by the hand; to handfast. [R.]
6. (Naut.) To furl; -- said of a sail. --Totten.
To hand down, to transmit in succession, as from father to son,
or from predecessor to successor; as, fables are handed down from age to
age; to forward to the proper officer
(the decision of a higher court); as, the Clerk of the Court
of Appeals handed down its decision.
To hand over, to yield control of; to surrender; to deliver up.
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary,
Hand \Hand\, v. i. To co["o]perate. [Obs.] --Massinger.
Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hand n 1: the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; "he
had the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt" [syn: manus, hook,
mauler, mitt, paw] 2: a hired laborer on a
farm or ranch; "the hired hand fixed the railing"; "a ranch hand"
[syn: hired hand, hired man] 3: something written by hand; "she recognized
his handwriting"; "his hand was
illegible" [syn: handwriting, script] 4: ability; "he wanted
to try his hand at singing" 5: a position given by its location to the
side of an object; "objections were voiced on every
hand" 6: the cards held in a card game by a given player at any
given time; "I didn't hold a good hand all evening"; "he kept trying to
see my hand" [syn: deal] 7: one of two
sides of an issue; "on the one hand..., but on the other hand..."
8: a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece; "the big hand counts
the minutes" 9: a unit of length equal to 4
inches; used in measuring horses; "the horse stood 20 hands"
10: a member of the crew of a ship; "all hands on deck" 11: a card player
in a game of bridge; "we need a 4th
hand for bridge" [syn: bridge player] 12: a round of applause
to signify approval; "give the little lady a great big hand" 13: terminal
part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates
(e.g. apes or kangaroos): "the kangaroo's forearms seem undeveloped
but the powerful five-fingered hands are skilled at feinting and clouting"-
Springfield (Mass.) Union 14:
physical assistance; "give me a hand with the chores" [syn: helping
hand] v : place into the hands or custody of; "Turn the files over to me,
please"; "He turned over the
prisoner to his lawyers" [syn: pass, reach, pass on, turn over,
Hand // [Usenet: very common] Abbreviation: Have A Nice Day. Typically
used to close a Usenet posting, but also used to informally close emails;
often preceded by HTH.
Source: Jargon File 4.2.0
Hand Called by Galen "the instrument of instruments." It is the
symbol of human action (Ps. 9:16; Job 9:30; Isa. 1:15; 1 Tim. 2:8). Washing
the hands was a symbol of innocence
(Ps. 26:6; 73:13; Matt. 27:24), also of sanctification (1 Cor.
6:11; Isa. 51:16; Ps. 24:3, 4). In Ps. 77:2 the correct rendering is, as
in the Revised Version, "My hand was stretched
out," etc., instead of, as in the Authorized Version, "My sore
ran in the night," etc. The right hand denoted the south, and the left
the north (Job 23:9; 1 Sam. 23:19). To give the
right hand was a pledge of fidelity (2 Kings 10:15; Ezra 10:19);
also of submission to the victors (Ezek. 17:18; Jer. 50:15). The right
hand was lifted up in taking an oath (Gen.
14:22, etc.). The hand is frequently mentioned, particularly
the right hand, as a symbol of power and strength (Ps. 60:5; Isa. 28:2).
To kiss the hand is an act of homage (1 Kings
19:18; Job 31:27), and to pour water on one's hands is to serve
him (2 Kings 3:11). The hand of God is the symbol of his power: its being
upon one denotes favour (Ezra 7:6, 28;
Isa. 1:25; Luke 1:66, etc.) or punishment (Ex. 9:3; Judg. 2:15;
Acts 13:11, etc.). A position at the right hand was regarded as the chief
place of honour and power (Ps. 45:9; 80:17;
110:1; Matt. 26:64).
Source: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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