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hand British & World English

The end part of a person’s arm beyond the wrist, including the palm, fingers, and thumb

have one's fingers in the till British & World English

Used in reference to theft from one’s place of work

at the hands of British & World English

Through the agency of

Hand, Learned British & World English

(1872–1961), US jurist and writer; full name Billings Learned Hand. He wrote over 2,000 opinions as judge of the US Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit 1924–51. He authored The Spirit of Liberty (1952) and The Bill of Rights (1958)

lift a finger British & World English

Make the slightest effort to do something, especially to help someone

by hand British & World English

By a person and not a machine

in hand British & World English

Receiving or requiring immediate attention

on hand British & World English

Present, especially for a specified purpose

to hand British & World English

Within easy reach

book hand British & World English

A formal style of handwriting as used by professional copiers of books before the invention of printing

red hand British & World English

The arms or badge of Ulster, a red left hand cut off squarely at the wrist. Also called bloody hand

dab hand British & World English

A person who is an expert at a particular activity

dead hand British & World English

An undesirable persisting influence

glad-hand British & World English

(Especially of a politician) greet or welcome warmly

hand over British & World English

Pass responsibility to someone else

hand-hot British & World English

(Of water) hot, but not too hot to put one’s hands into

hand-pick British & World English

Select carefully with a particular purpose in mind

hand-rear British & World English

(Of a person) feed and care for (a young animal) until it is fully grown

hand tool British & World English

A tool held in the hand and operated without electricity or other power

hour hand British & World English

The hand on a clock or watch which indicates the hour

iron hand British & World English

Used to refer to firmness or ruthlessness of attitude or behaviour

left hand British & World English

The hand of a person’s left side

lone hand British & World English

(In euchre or quadrille) a hand played against the rest, or a player playing such a hand

nap hand British & World English

A series of five winning points, victories, etc. in a game or sport

old hand British & World English

A person with a lot of experience in something

hand in hand British & World English

(Of two people) with hands joined, especially as a mark of affection

hand-to-hand British & World English

(Of fighting) at close quarters

Black Hand British & World English

A secret criminal and terrorist society in New York during the early 20th century

bloody hand British & World English

Another term for red hand.

right hand British & World English

The hand of a person’s right side

round hand British & World English

A style of handwriting in which the letters have clear rounded shapes

second hand British & World English

An extra hand in some watches and clocks which moves round to indicate the seconds

second-hand British & World English

(Of goods) having had a previous owner; not new

court hand British & World English

A notoriously illegible style of handwriting used in English law courts until banned in 1731

elder hand British & World English

(In card games for two players, e.g. piquet) the player dealt to

eldest hand British & World English

(In card games for three or more players) the first player dealt to, usually the player immediately to the left of the dealer

field hand British & World English

A person, especially a US slave, employed as a farm labourer

first-hand British & World English

(Of information or experience) from the original source or personal experience; direct

third-hand British & World English

(Of goods) having had two previous owners

hand crank British & World English

A crank that is turned by hand

hand cream British & World English

A moisturizing cream for the hands

hand-dived British & World English

Denoting shellfish collected from the seabed by divers rather than harvested by dredging boats

hand dryer British & World English

An electrical device, typically in a public toilet, for drying a person’s hands by blowing warm air over them

hand gallop British & World English

An easily controlled gallop

hand lotion British & World English

A moisturizing lotion for the hands

hand plant British & World English

A jump or other manoeuvre in skateboarding and snowboarding involving the use of a hand to push away from a surface

hand press British & World English

A printing press that is operated by hand

hand puppet British & World English

A puppet operated by putting one’s hand inside it

hand-waving British & World English

The use of gestures and insubstantial language meant to impress or convince


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