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lift a finger (or hand)

Definition of lift a finger or hand in English:

[usually with negative] Make the slightest effort to do something, especially to help someone: he never lifted a finger to get Jimmy released from prison
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  • Can all of those who are opposed to the sale of the local amenity say with their hand on their heart that they ever lifted a finger to try to make a success of it?
  • Local councillors come and go, all express a sincere desire to commiserate, but none has ever lifted a finger.
  • You can play this song and think of politicians, or officialdom, or your favourite target of hatred - its strength lies in its subtlety, its ability to point at decaying humanity without ever lifting a finger.
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