Synonyms of hand in English:



  • 1 big, strong hands
    fist, palm
    informal paw, mitt, duke, hook, meat hook
    Scottish & Northern Englishnieve
    technical manus, metacarpus
    [Antonyms] foot
  • 2 the clock's second hand
  • 3 (hands) the concentration of wealth in the hands of the entrepreneurial class
    control, power, charge, authority; command, responsibility, guardianship, management, care, supervision, jurisdiction; possession, keeping, custody, clutches, grasp; disposal
    informal say-so
    literary thrall
  • 4 come and give me a hand with the tidying up
    help, a helping hand, assistance, aid, support, succour, relief; 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; crewman, sailor, deckhand; Spanish-Americanpeon; Australian/New Zealandrouseabout; Indianmazdoor, 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; impending
    [Antonyms] a long time away
  • by hand

    each chocolate is decorated by hand
    [Antonyms] by machine
    manuallywith one's handsusing one's handsnot by machinenot mechanicallyfreehand

    from hand to mouth

    they live from hand to mouth—from one benefit day to the next
    [Antonyms] securely, without financial worries
    precariouslyfrom day to daynot knowing where one's next meal is coming fromuncertainlyinsecurelyin povertymeagrelyimprovidentlyBritishon 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 onobtainacquirecome bysecureprocurecome into possession ofpick upbe givengainderiveearnachieveattainwindrawreapbuypurchase informalget/lay hold ofget one's mitts ongrabbaglandnetBritish informalblagSouth African informalschlenter

    hand in glove

    they were working hand in glove with our enemiesin close collaborationin close associationin close cooperationvery closelyclosely togetherin partnershipin leaguein collusion informalin cahoots

    hand in hand

  • 1 two small children were walking hand in hand
    holding hands, clasping hands, with hands clasped, with hands joined; arm in arm
  • 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
    easilyeffortlesslywith easewith no troublewith very little troublewithout effortwith very little effort informalby a mileno sweat

    have a hand in something

    the girls had a hand in writing the lyricsplay a part incontribute tobe a factor inbe (partly) responsible for

    in hand

  • 1 the task in hand
    being dealt with, receiving attention, being attended to, under way; under control
  • 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 handexpertpast mastervirtuosomasterwizardgeniusartistadeptprofessionaldoyenveteranmaestroconnoisseurauthoritygrandmastermaster handskilled person informalacebuffprostarwhizzhotshotBritish informaldab handNorth American informalmavencrackerjack

    on hand

    police and volunteers were on hand to keep things running smoothlyreadyat the readyavailableaccessiblehandyat one's fingertipspreparedprimedon standbystanding byon stand-toon callon full alert informalon tap

    out of hand

    the situation was getting out of hand
    [Antonyms] manageable controllable
    out of controluncontrollableunmanageableungovernableunrulydisorderlyrowdywildboisterousdifficultdisruptiveill-disciplinedundisciplinedrefractoryrecalcitrantintractableimpossibleobstreperousfractiouswaywardincorrigible informalstroppy archaiccontumacious

    take someone/something in hand

    their parents are incapable of taking their children in hand matters have to be taken in handdeal withhandlemanagecope withtackletake care oftake charge ofattend togive one's attention tosee tosort out

    to hand

    the bullies pelted us with anything that was to handreadily availableavailablehandynear at handwithin reachaccessiblereadycloseclose bynearnearbyat the readyat one's fingertipsat one's disposalconvenient informalget-at-able

    try one's hand

    I would like to try my hand at bonsaimake an attempt athave a shot atattempttrytry outgive something a try informalhave a go athave a crack athave a stab athave a bash atgive something a whirl formalessay archaicassay


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  • 1 he handed each man a glass
    pass, give, reach, let someone have, throw, toss; pass to, hand over to, deliver to, present to, transfer to, convey to
    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 generationpass onpass downbequeathwillleaveleave in one's willmake overendowgifttransfergivetransmit Lawdemisedevise

    hand something on

    the drugs were handed on to a dealer
    [Antonyms] receive
    givepasshandtransfergrantcedesurrenderrelinquishpart withlet go ofbequeathwillleave

    hand something out

    the attendant handed out prayer books
    [Antonyms] collect in
    distributehand roundgive outgive roundpass outpass roundshare outdole outdish outdeal outmete outissuecirculatedispenseallocateallotapportiondisbursedisseminate

    hand something over

    it is suggested that he might hand over power to his son
    [Antonyms] keep
    yieldgivegive uppassgrantentrustsurrenderrelinquishcedeturn overdeliver upforfeitsacrificeconfer onbestow on

    Word links

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

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