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Synonyms of hand in English:


  • 1 big, strong hands
    fist, palm
    informal paw, mitt, duke, hook, meat hook
    Scottish & Northern English  nieve
    technical manus, metacarpus
    [Antonyms] foot
  • 2 the clock's second hand
  • 3 (hands) the concentration of wealth in the hands of the entrepreneurial class
    command, responsibility, guardianship, management, care, supervision, jurisdiction;
    informal say-so
    literary thrall
  • 4 come and give me a hand with the tidying up
    a good turn, a favour, a kindness
    rare abettance
    [Antonyms] hindrance
  • 5 informal his fans gave him a big hand
    round of applause, clap, handclap, ovation, standing ovation;
    applause, handclapping, praise, acclaim
    [Antonyms] booing, catcalls
  • 6 the document was written in his own hand
  • 7 a factory hand
    worker, factory worker, manual worker, unskilled worker, blue-collar worker, workman, workwoman, workperson, working man, labourer, operative, hired hand, hireling, roustabout, employee, artisan;
    farmhand, farm worker, field hand;
    in Spanish America peon;
    Australian/New Zealand  rouseabout;
    Indian  mazdoor, khalasi
    archaic mechanical
  • Phrases

    at hand
  • 1 you need to keep the manual close at hand
    readily available, available, handy, to hand, near at hand, within reach, accessible, ready, close, close by, near, nearby, at the ready, at one's fingertips, at one's disposal, convenient
    informal get-at-able, on tap
    [Antonyms] far away
  • 2 the time for starting the campaign is at hand
    imminent, close at hand, approaching, forthcoming, coming, coming soon, about to happen, nearly on us, just around the corner, on the horizon;
    [Antonyms] a long time away
  • by hand
    each chocolate is decorated by hand
    [Antonyms] by machine
    manually, with one's hands, using one's hands, not by machine, not mechanically, freehand
    from hand to mouth
    they live from hand to mouth—from one benefit day to the next
    [Antonyms] securely, without financial worries
    precariously, from day to day, not knowing where one's next meal is coming from, uncertainly, insecurely, in poverty, meagrely;
    British  on the breadline
    get/lay one's hands on
    I haven't got my hands on a copy yet thieves break into parked vehicles and steal anything they can lay their hands on
    obtain, acquire, come by, secure, procure, come into possession of, pick up, be given;
    gain, derive, earn, achieve, attain, win, draw, reap;
    informal get/lay hold of, get one's mitts on, grab, bag, land, net
    British informal blag
    South African informal schlenter
    hand in glove
    they were working hand in glove with our enemies
    in close collaboration, in close association, in close cooperation, very closely, closely together, in partnership, in league, in collusion
    informal in cahoots
    hand in hand
  • 1 two small children were walking hand in hand
    holding hands, clasping hands, with hands clasped, with hands joined;
  • 2 poverty goes hand in hand with war
    in close association, closely together, together, in partnership, closely, conjointly, concurrently, side by side, in concert
  • hands down
    we won hands down
    [Antonyms] with difficulty
    easily, effortlessly, with ease, with no trouble, with very little trouble, without effort, with very little effort
    informal by a mile, no sweat
    have a hand in something
    the girls had a hand in writing the lyrics
    play a part in, contribute to, be a factor in, be (partly) responsible for
    in hand
  • 1 the task in hand
    being dealt with, receiving attention, being attended to, under way;
  • 2 we have money in hand to cover next month's expenses
    available for use, ready, available, put by;
    spare, in reserve
  • old hand
    whether you are a novice gardener or an old hand
    expert, past master, virtuoso, master, wizard, genius, artist, adept, professional, doyen, veteran, maestro, connoisseur, authority, grandmaster, master hand, skilled person
    informal ace, buff, pro, star, whizz, hotshot
    British informal dab hand
    North American informal maven, crackerjack
    on hand
    police and volunteers were on hand to keep things running smoothly
    ready, at the ready, available, accessible, handy, at one's fingertips;
    prepared, primed, on standby, standing by, on stand-to, on call, on full alert
    informal on tap
    out of hand
    the situation was getting out of hand
    [Antonyms] manageable, controllable
    informal stroppy
    archaic contumacious
    take someone/something in hand
    their parents are incapable of taking their children in hand matters have to be taken in hand
    deal with, handle, manage, cope with, tackle, take care of, take charge of, attend to, give one's attention to, see to, sort out
    to hand
    the bullies pelted us with anything that was to hand
    readily available, available, handy, near at hand, within reach, accessible, ready, close, close by, near, nearby, at the ready, at one's fingertips, at one's disposal, convenient
    informal get-at-able
    try one's hand
    I would like to try my hand at bonsai
    make an attempt at, have a shot at;
    informal have a go at, have a crack at, have a stab at, have a bash at, give something a whirl
    formal essay
    archaic assay


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  • 1 he handed each man a glass
    pass, give, reach, let someone have, throw, toss;
    informal chuck, bung
    [Antonyms] take away from
  • 2 he handed him into a carriage
    assist, help, aid, give someone a hand, give someone a helping hand, give someone assistance;
    guide, convey, conduct, lead
  • Phrases

    hand something down
    the family jewellery is handed down from generation to generation
    bequeath, will, leave, leave in one's will, make over, endow, gift, transfer, give, transmit;
    Law  demise, devise
    hand something on
    the drugs were handed on to a dealer
    [Antonyms] receive
    give, pass, hand, transfer, grant, cede, surrender, relinquish;
    part with, let go of;
    bequeath, will, leave
    hand something out
    the attendant handed out prayer books
    [Antonyms] collect in
    distribute, hand round, give out, give round, pass out, pass round, share out, dole out, dish out, deal out, mete out, issue, circulate, dispense;
    allocate, allot, apportion, disburse, disseminate
    hand something over
    it is suggested that he might hand over power to his son
    [Antonyms] keep
    yield, give, give up, pass, grant, entrust, surrender, relinquish, cede, turn over, deliver up, forfeit, sacrifice;
    confer on, bestow on

    Word links

    manual relating to the hands
    chiro- related prefix, as in chirography, chiropody
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