Definition of by hand in English:

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by hand

1By a person and not a machine: the crop has to be harvested by hand
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  • Incisions made by hand or machine have carved out this unique landscape for centuries.
  • Otherwise it will be cast aside to be sorted by hand, as the machine operates on county names.
  • Use strips of ribbon or braid to make a family monogram, or embroider it by hand or machine.
manually, with one's hands, using one's hands, not by machine, not mechanically, freehand
1.1(Of mail) delivered in person rather than posted: he drafted a statement and sent it by hand
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  • It is not specifically stated that it must be in writing, but this is implied by the fact that it is to be given either by post or delivery by hand.
  • If you cannot find a post box you can deliver your entry by hand to the Weekender at Bridge Street, Sligo.
  • Election chiefs in Oldham and Tameside organised teams of volunteer council workers to deliver the papers by hand.
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