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Synonyms of hand in English:


  • 1 big, strong hands
    palm, fist
    informalpaw, mitt, duke, hook, meathook
  • 2 the clock's second hand
    pointer, indicator, needle, arrow, marker
  • 3 (hands) the frontier posts remained in government hands
    control, power, charge, authority;
    command, responsibility, guardianship, management, care, supervision, jurisdiction;
    clutches, grasp, thrall;
  • 4 let me give you a hand
    a good turn, a favor
  • 5 a document written in his own hand
  • 6 a ranch hand
    worker, workman, laborer, operative, hired hand, roustabout, peon;
  • verb

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  • 1 she handed each of us an envelope
    pass, give, let someone have;
    throw, toss;
    present to
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    manual relating to the hands


    at hand

    the time for courage is at hand
    imminent, approaching, coming, about to happen, on the horizon;

    big hand

    informal her fans gave her a big hand
    round of applause, clap, handclap, ovation, standing ovation;
    applause, handclapping

    close at hand

    keep the manual close at hand
    readily available, available, handy, to hand, within reach, accessible, close, close by, near, nearby, at the ready, at one's fingertips, at one's disposal, convenient

    hand down

    this bracelet has been handed down for four generations
    pass on, pass down;
    bequeath, will, leave, make over, give, gift, transfer;
    Law demise, devise

    hand in glove

    working hand in glove with their former adversaries
    in close collaboration, in close association, in close cooperation, very closely, in partnership, in league, in collusion
    informalin cahoots, in bed

    hand out

    volunteers were asked to hand out pamphlets
    distribute, give out, pass out/around, dole out, dish out, deal out, mete out, issue, dispense;
    allocate, allot, apportion, disburse;
    circulate, disseminate

    hand over

    they handed over the stolen goods to the authorities
    yield, give, give up, pass, grant, entrust, surrender, relinquish, cede, turn over, deliver up, forfeit, sacrifice

    hands down

    we won hands down
    easily, effortlessly, with ease, with no trouble, without effort
    informalby a mile, no sweat

    try one's hand at

    I regret that I never tried my hand at waterskiing
    have a go at, make an attempt at, have a shot at;
    attempt, try, try out, give something a try
    informalhave a stab at, give something a whirl

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