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hand in Dogri डोगरी

hand in Kashmiri कॉशुर

hand in Konkani कोंकणी

hand in Punjabi ਪੰਜਾਬੀ

hand in Tamil தமிழ்

hand in Telugu తెలుగు

hand in Urdu اُردُو

hand in English

  • hand
    adj. handlike.

  • hand
    adj. of, for, or by the hand.
    Ex. a hand mirror, a hand signal, a hand mower.

  • hand
    expr. (from) hand to mouth, without providing for the future.
    Ex. Many poor people are forced to live from hand to mouth. Since he lost his job he has been living hand to mouth.

  • hand
    expr. all hands,
    a. all the sailors of a ship's crew.
    Ex. All hands on deck.
    b. (Informal.) all the members of a group.
    Ex. If all hands had been got together, they would not have more than half filled the room (Dickens).

  • hand
    expr. at first hand, from direct knowledge or experience.
    Ex. Both had had experience at first hand of the worst aspects of that industrial-commercial system (Edmund Wilson).

  • hand
    expr. at hand,
    a. within reach; near; close.
    Ex. Satan was now at hand (Milton).
    b. at one's disposal; ready; available.
    Ex. The evidence at hand suggests that they are exercising the franchise in steadily increasing numbers (Re

  • hand
    expr. at second hand, from the knowledge or experience of another; not directly.
    Ex. She heard the story at second hand.

  • hand
    expr. at the hand (or hands) of, through the act or deed of.
    Ex. We have received many favors at his hands.

  • hand
    expr. bear a hand, to help.
    Ex. Get him to bear a hand.

  • hand
    expr. bind hand and foot,
    a. to tie up completely.
    Ex. The burglar bound his victim hand and foot before he made his getaway.
    b. (Figurative.) to constrain so as to deny freedom of choice or action.
    Ex. The terms of the contract

  • hand
    expr. bite the hand that feeds one, to knowingly hurt or wrong one's benefactor; pay back benevolence with malice.
    Ex. He has used his newly-acquired status and prestige to bite the hand that fed him (Punch).

  • hand
    expr. by hand,
    a. by using the hands, not machinery.
    Ex. embroidered by hand.
    b. by special messenger.
    Ex. delivery by hand.

  • hand
    expr. change hands, to pass from one person to another.
    Ex. That building changed hands many times.

  • hand
    expr. clean hands. See under clean hands.

  • hand
    expr. come to hand, to turn up; be obtained or received.
    Ex. The enclosed letter ... came to hand yesterday (Thomas Jefferson).

  • hand
    expr. eat out of one's hand, to follow another's ideas, leadership, etc.; submit to another's authority.
    Ex. At first he resisted, but now they've got him eating out of their hands.

  • hand
    expr. force one's hand, to make a person act prematurely or do something he dislikes.
    Ex. The potato famine in Ireland precipitated a crisis, forced Peel's hand, and compelled him to open the ports (Stephen Dowell).

  • hand
    expr. free hand. See under free hand.

  • hand
    expr. from hand to hand, from one person to another.
    Ex. the paper money that passes from hand to hand (Oliver Wendell Holmes).

  • hand
    expr. give a hand, to assist; help.
    Ex. Please give me a hand with this trunk.

  • hand
    expr. give one's hand, to hold out the hand to be clasped or shaken.
    Ex. Give me your hands, God send you joy, Petruchio, 'tis a match (Shakespeare).

  • hand
    expr. hand and foot,
    a. sparing no pain; diligently.
    Ex. We'll wait on you hand and foot. Pamper you to death (New Yorker).
    b. completely; thoroughly.
    Ex. Piasecki, who was tied hand and foot to the official Party machinery, mad

  • hand
    expr. hand and glove, in close relations; intimate.
    Ex. He not only knows the mayor; he's hand and glove with him.

  • hand
    expr. hand down,
    a. to pass along.
    Ex. The story was handed down from father to son.
    b. to announce (a legal decision or opinion).
    Ex. began a week of listening to arguments after which it [the Supreme Court] will meet to hand d

  • hand
    expr. hand in glove, in close relations; intimate.
    Ex. The partners work as a team, hand in glove.

  • hand
    expr. hand in hand,
    a. holding hands.
    Ex. They hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow, Through Eden took their solitary way (Milton).
    b. (Figurative.) together.
    Ex. The two processes go forward hand in hand.

  • hand
    expr. hand in, to give; deliver.
    Ex. Hand in your homework on time.

  • hand
    expr. hand it to, (Informal.) to give credit or praise to.
    Ex. You've got to hand it to him; he's quite a salesman.

  • hand
    expr. hand off, (Football.) to transfer the ball at close range with the hands, rather than throwing it.
    Ex. It's easier to hand off in freezing weather and wind than it is to pass (Y. A. Tittle).

  • hand
    expr. hand on, to pass along.
    Ex. He handed on the family tradition to his sons.

  • hand
    expr. hand out, to give out; distribute.
    Ex. The circus clown handed out balloons to the children.

  • hand
    expr. hand over fist,
    a. rapidly.
    Ex. A heavy squall was coming up hand over fist along with the wind (W. C. Russell).
    b. substantially; considerably.
    Ex. It pays hand over fist always to take the secondary roads that run along

  • hand
    expr. hand over hand,
    a. (Nautical.) passing one hand over the other alternately, as in climbing up or down a rope.
    Ex. Up went Martin, hand over hand (Thomas Hughes).
    b. (Figurative.) steadily.
    Ex. Strange, brilliantly focussed

  • hand
    expr. hand over,
    a. to give to another; deliver.
    Ex. Yet his sentence was again commuted, and he was now handed over to Russia (Edmund Wilson).
    b. (British.) to relinquish authority or a position.
    Ex. While he might well have ca

  • hand
    expr. hand to hand (or fist), close together; at close quarters.
    Ex. The soldiers fought hand to hand.

  • hand
    expr. hand up, (U.S.) to deliver (an indictment).
    Ex. An indictment is an accusation handed up to a high bench where a judge sits, for further adjudication (William Safire). Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges, which were handed up by a spec

  • hand
    expr. hand's turn, (Informal.) a stroke of work.
    Ex. He never does a hand's turn.

  • hand
    expr. hands down, easily.
    Ex. He won the contest hands down.

  • hand
    expr. hands off! let it alone! do not interfere!
    Ex. ""Hands off!"" cried Silver leaping back a yard (Robert Louis Stevenson).

  • hand
    expr. hands up! to hold up both hands:
    a. to signify yielding.
    Ex. Hands up--every soul of you (Julian Hawthorne).
    b. to indicate approval, assent, or readiness to answer a question.
    Ex. Hands up, those who have the right answer

  • hand
    expr. hands, possession; control.
    Ex. The property is no longer in my hands. Important evidence fell into the hands of the defense attorney.

  • hand
    expr. have one's hands full, to be very busy; be able to do no more; have all one can do.
    Ex. She would like to help on the charity drive, but what with her children and her housework she has her hands full.

  • hand
    expr. in hand,
    a. held in the hand.
    Ex. The waiter stood pad and pencil in hand, ready to take our order.
    b. under control.
    Ex. He kept his feelings well in hand.
    c. in one's possession; ready.
    Ex. cash in hand. <

  • hand
    expr. in one's hand (or hands), in one's care.
    Ex. In her hand their destinies (Edgar Allan Poe).

  • hand
    expr. join hands,
    a. to become partners.
    Ex. The two friends joined hands in a business venture.
    b. to marry.
    Ex. The Vicar joined their hands (Samuel Taylor Coleridge).

  • hand
    expr. keep one's hand in, to keep up one's skill; keep in practice.
    Ex. He plays just enough to keep his hand in.

  • hand
    expr. last hand, the finishing touch.
    Ex. The compiler did not put his last hand to the work (Matthew Arnold).

  • hand
    expr. lay hands on,
    a. to get hold of; seize; take; get.
    Ex. There was no great ship on the Sea that the Frenchmen could lay their hands upon (Richard Grafton).
    b. to arrest.
    Ex. Sooner or later the law will lay hands on him.

  • hand
    expr. lend a hand, to help.
    Ex. He asked his brother to lend a hand with the chores. This box is too heavy for two persons--please lend us a hand.

  • hand
    expr. near at hand,
    a. within easy reach; near.
    Ex. The phone was near at hand in case of emergency.
    b. coming soon.
    Ex. Summer is near at hand.

  • hand
    expr. off one's hands, out of one's care or charge.
    Ex. A friend of the lady's will take the child off her hands (Samuel Foote).

  • hand
    expr. on hand,
    a. within reach; near; close.
    Ex. Try to be on hand when I need you.
    b. ready.
    Ex. to have cash on hand.
    c. present.
    Ex. I will be on hand again tomorrow.
    d. to be engaged in; be occupied with.

  • hand
    expr. on one's hands,
    a. in one's care or charge.
    Ex. I have got him on my hands.
    b. at one's disposal.
    Ex. They find plenty of time on their hands (Maclean's).

  • hand
    expr. on the one hand, from this point of view.
    Ex. On the one hand I want to buy this new car, but I feel that it costs too much money.

  • hand
    expr. on the other hand, from the opposite point of view.
    Ex. On the other hand, it costs too much money.

  • hand
    expr. out of hand,
    a. out of control.
    Ex. His temper was getting out of hand.
    b. at once; without delay.
    Ex. She will marry you out of hand (Francis Marion Crawford).
    c. without thought or consideration.
    Ex. It woul

  • hand
    expr. play into the hands of, to act so as to give the advantage to.
    Ex. If we delay the attack, we will play into the hands of the enemy.

  • hand
    expr. put one's hand to, to exert oneself; use one's energies; do.
    Ex. Whatever he put his hand to, he did it ""with all his might"" (M. J. Guest).

  • hand
    expr. set one's hand to, to begin working on.
    Ex. to set one's hand to a new job.

  • hand
    expr. shake by the hand, to shake hands with.
    Ex. The visitor shook me by the hand and patted my little sister on the head.

  • hand
    expr. shake hands, to clasp each other's hand, usually the right one, with or without a shaking movement.
    Ex. People shake hands in greeting and leave-taking, in token of friendship, in concluding an agreement, in offering congratulations, etc.

  • hand
    expr. show one's hand, to reveal one's real intentions.
    Ex. [The chairman] of the Senate Banking Committee began showing his hand in the committee's broadening investigation of the stock market (Wall Street Journal).

  • hand
    expr. sit on one's hands, (U.S. Informal.)
    a. to applaud feebly; show little enthusiasm for a play, performance, etc..
    Ex. The show closed after the people attending the premiere sat on their hands.
    b. to do nothing.
    Ex. Most of

  • hand
    expr. strike hands, to signify the conclusion of an agreement by clasping right hands.
    Ex. A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend (Proverbs 17:18).

  • hand
    expr. take a hand, to join, participate, or assume a place.
    Ex. Cawder allows himself to take a hand in the lives of Diamond and his frowzy mistress (New York Times).

  • hand
    expr. take hands, to grasp each other by the hand.
    Ex. Come unto these yellow sands and then take hands (Shakespeare).

  • hand
    expr. take in hand.
    a. to take charge of; bring under control.
    Ex. Very obedient to me she was when a little child, before you took her in hand (Henry Fielding).
    b. to consider; deal with.
    Ex. The matter will be taken in hand an

  • hand
    expr. throw in one's hand, to give up a contest or struggle.
    Ex. A large percentage ... have to throw in their hands after a few years of hopeless struggle (London Daily Express).

  • hand
    expr. throw up one's hands, to give up in exasperation; admit failure.
    Ex. Our observer then has to make a judgment as to who fired first--an almost impossible job. Very often we throw up our hands and say they both violated the agreement (New York

  • hand
    expr. tie one's hands, to make one unable to do something.
    Ex. I'm sorry I can't help you; my hands are tied.

  • hand
    expr. tip one's hand, to let something slip, such as a plan or information, especially prematurely.
    Ex. I am ... drafting a minimum wage bill to introduce next session, and I'm going to bring up another one that's even more touchy, but I don't want

  • hand
    expr. to hand,
    a. within reach; near; close.
    Ex. By this, the dreadful Beast drew nigh to hand (Edmund Spenser).
    b. in one's possession; under control.
    Ex. He ... brought the hawk to hand (Tristram Risdon).

  • hand
    expr. try one's hand, to try to do; test one's ability.
    Ex. He determined to try his hand at negotiation (Washington Irving).

  • hand
    expr. turn one's hand (or hands) to, to work at.
    Ex. She would not turn her hand to dry a single dish; so we did them alone.

  • hand
    expr. under one's hands, in one's care.
    Ex. He that smiteth his servant ... that he die under his hands (Miles Coverdale).

  • hand
    expr. wash one's hands of, to have no more to do with; refuse to be responsible for.
    Ex. I washed my hands of those schemers when I discovered what they were up to.

  • hand
    expr. wring one's hands, to bewail a circumstance or one's fate; despair.
    Ex. The newspapers were also wringing their hands over the predicament of Japanese seamen working on board American military transport ships (London Times).

  • hand
    hand, noun, verb, adjective.

  • hand
    noun 1. the end part of the arm, which takes and holds objects. Each hand of a person has four fingers, a thumb, and a wrist which is usually not considered part of the hand.
    Ex. His hand was steady then (Oliver Wendell Holmes). I will not raise a

  • hand
    v.t. 1. to give with the hand; pass; pass along.
    Ex. Please hand me a spoon.
    2. to help with the hand; assist.
    Ex. He handed the ladies into the carriage with the air of a French marquis (Oliver Wendell Holmes).
    3. (Nautical.) t

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