- 1The end part of a person’s arm beyond the wrist, including the palm, fingers, and thumb: the palm of her hand he was leading her by the handMore example sentences
- Fold the thumb of the left hand into the palm of the hand and wrap the fingers around the thumb.
- Squeeze the soil ball between your thumb and fingers in the palm of your hand to make a ribbon.
- The spike from the fence went through his wrist and into the palm of his hand.
- 1.1A prehensile organ resembling the hand and forming the end part of a limb of various mammals, such as that on all four limbs of a monkey.More example sentences
- The idea is that a monkey inserts its hand, clenches it around the maize, and then cannot withdraw its clenched fist.
- The creature was digging its tiny hands into a burnt log, and its face was covered in black soot.
- The wing's main support was an amazingly elongated fourth digit in the hand.
- 1.2West Indian A person’s arm, including the hand: that dog bite me on mi hand, right below the elbowMore example sentences
- Leggo mi hand.
- mi wife has bought a 'dog' a bound no bigger than mi hand.
- 1.3 [as modifier] Operated by or held in the hand: hand luggageMore example sentences
- The washbag needs to be in your hand luggage as when you least desire it the plane will temporarily or permanently lose your luggage.
- She was not amused but I guess she totally misunderstood the concept of hand luggage.
- Security staff stopped me after my hand luggage went through the security scanner.
- 1.4 [as modifier or in combination] Done or made manually rather than by machine: hand signals a hand-stitched quiltMore example sentences
- The jumpers, both machine and hand knit, are available in all sizes and colours.
- But he wryly added that full control of a vehicle should always be maintained when making hand signals.
- An aggressive u-turn and associated hand signals to other drivers followed.
- 1.5 [in singular] • informal A round of applause: his fans gave him a big handMore example sentences
- Let's give them each a big hand.
- Step forward our friends at - you guessed it, give them a big hand - Scotland on Sunday.
- What scares me is that many of those who voted for her in the past now think she's insane, and yet she gets a big hand abroad.
- 1.6A person’s handwriting: he inscribed the statement in a bold handMore example sentences
- This manuscript is written in a bold hand, with black ink, and is illuminated with rude portraits of the Evangelists.
- Even fountain pens, though invented around 1884, were thought to be incompatible with a neat hand, and ballpoints were definitely the devil's invention.
- 1.7 • dated A pledge of marriage by a woman: he wrote to request the hand of her daughter in marriageMore example sentences
- He was asking for her hand in marriage and yet he had not spoken a word of love.
- However he hasn't counted on how far Bianca's suitors will go to gain her fair hand in marriage.
- A week later he was down on his knees asking for her hand in marriage.
- 2.1A bunch of bananas: mottled hands of bananasMore example sentences
- I was late for work this morning because I had to call into Tesco's on the way, to buy a hand of bananas and some custard.
- The hands of bananas are packed in cartons.
- 2.2British A forehock of pork.More example sentences
- Remove the hand of pork from the forequarter by a cut through the arm knuckle (between the blade bone and arm bone).
- Take a hand of pork (other cuts will do, but the hand is optimum; five or six pounds' weight is your target here, and it must be on the bone), place in a large pan and cover with water.
- 3A pointer on a clock or watch indicating the passing of units of time: the second handMore example sentences
- The gigantic hands of the clock watching over us up on the wall made me impatient.
- I have a pint of Guinness as we chat and then a second as the clock hands crawl past one.
- The hands of Bella's clock quietly ticked away as she stared down at the five outfits on her bed.
- 4 (hands) Used in reference to the power to direct something: the day-to-day running of the house was in her hands they are taking the law into their own handsMore example sentences
- It's this bogus idea of putting power into the hands of the people.
- The consequent reduction of the public sector puts even more power in the hands of the corporate elite.
- Put the power in the hands of one person, he said, and the world will start changing the way it should be changed.
- 4.1 (usually a hand) An active role in achieving or influencing something: he had a big hand in organizing the eventMore example sentences
- Reg Goodfellow, with two goals and two assists, had a hand in all four La Broquerie goals.
- Dave Robinson starred as he scored one and had a hand in the other four goals.
- He had a hand in all four goals that gave Celtic an astonishing victory over the Serie A giants.
- 4.2 (usually a hand) Help in doing something: do you need a hand?
- 5A person’s workmanship, especially in artistic work: his idiosyncratic handMore example sentences
- It does not matter that they are multiples or that we cannot actually see the artists' hand in the facture of the work.
- Tyler attributes the strength of the work to the artist's hand.
- 5.1 [with adjective] A person who does something to a specified standard: I’m a great hand at inventingMore example sentences
- I am a wise and experienced hand at this stuff and I know when I am right.
- I'm not a great hand at forgery, but I think I could have made a fair stab at running off some copies.
- Now Granny was no beauty expert, but she was a fair hand at remedies and keep fit herbs when we were children.
- 6A person who engages in manual labour, especially in a factory, on a farm, or on board a ship: a factory hand the ship was lost with all handsMore example sentences
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-American peon; Australian/New Zealand rouseabout; Indian mazdoor, khalasi• archaic mechanical
- It concerns a factory hand who is sent to Coventry by his co-workers when he refuses to go on strike.
- Workers back then were beings with blue collars, drivers or wharfies or factory hands.
- She had starred at the wood each morning since she had been hired as a hand on farm at the age of 12.
- 7The set of cards dealt to a player in a card game: he’s got a good hand • figurative the situation does not give them a strong hand at the negotiating tableMore example sentences
- Players are dealt a hand of five cards and play is around the table as one would expect.
- The total value of all the cards in the hands of the other players is added to the winner's cumulative score.
- It's like being dealt a hand of cards, before arranging them into suits.
- 7.1A round or short spell of play in a card game: they played a hand of whistMore example sentences
- There is bad news today for any bald, guitar-playing Afghani who likes a hand of Bridge.
- When one player has won four tricks, the hand is over and that player is the winner.
- He played golf into his late 80s, tended a large garden, and played a fine hand at bridge.
- 7.2 Bridge The cards held by a declarer as opposed to those in the dummy: declarer won in hand and led ♣JMore example sentences
- In any case, Kyle Larsen cleared spades as Jonathan won in hand.
- Build up an image of declarer's hand with inferences from the bidding and from the way declarer and partner play.
- 8A unit of measurement of a horse’s height, equal to 4 inches (10.16 cm).[denoting the breadth of a hand, formerly used as a more general lineal measure and taken to equal three inches]More example sentences
- Direct Access is no pony himself and at 17 hands is the biggest horse in Lungo's yard.
- How many hands high was Secretariat?
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- 1 [with two objects] Pick (something) up and give it to (someone): he handed each man a glass I handed the trowel back to himMore example sentences
- Morgan finally dug up a gemstone, picked it up and handed it to Evelyn, who put it in a bag.
- Someone threw it over the barriers and the security guard picked it up and handed it to me!
- Kneeling down, she handed the dog a treat and picked it up, scooping it carefully with her arm.
- 2 [with object and adverbial of direction] Hold the hand of (someone) in order to guide them in a specified direction: he handed them into the carriageMore example sentences
assist, help, aid, give someone a hand, give someone a helping hand, give someone assistance; guide, convey, conduct, lead
- The footmen handed her into the coach, the coachman snapped his whip, and off they drove in grand style.
- He handed her down from the coach, and led her into the hail where the company was assembled.
- 3 [with object] Sailing Take in or furl (a sail): hand in the main!More example sentences
- To stow (hand) the sail the sheets are released and the clewlines and buntlines are pulled tight.
- Hand in the main!
all hands on deck
- A cry or signal used on board ship, typically in an emergency, to indicate that all crew members are to go on deck.More example sentences
- We were now encountering the last minute and Dingle had all hands on deck to rescue their rapidly sinking ship.
- When conditions finally permitted, it was all hands on deck as we formed teams heaving on a forest of ropes to hoist Eda's huge sails.
- Rounding the rock is a thrilling experience with all hands on deck to trim the sails for the return leg, another 170 miles to the Bishop Rock off the Scilly Isles, and then 90 miles to the finishing line at Plymouth.
- Used to indicate that the involvement of all members of a team is required: it was all hands on deck getting breakfast readyMore example sentences
- But I will admit that hosting such an event requires all hands on deck.
- The last few minutes of this meal requires all hands on deck.
- The front-of-house team start today - it's all hands on deck to get the event up and running for the press and private view tomorrow.
- Close by: a mortar burst close at handMore example sentences
- The M50 is also close at hand, and there are several primary and secondary schools within the vicinity.
- There is a good selection of shops, restaurants and bars close at hand and the city centre is within walking distance.
- Close at hand there is a table-tomb with an inscription which could still be read at the turn of the 20th century.
- Readily accessible when needed: doctors can have vaccines at hand to immunize any child who comes for treatmentMore example sentences
- It is also illegal to serve them more alcohol in that condition - and particularly as they have glass readily at hand.
- The information was readily at hand and easily retrievable.
- The notional addressee is likely to want to use materials readily at hand to make essentially the same thing as is disclosed in the prior art.
- Close in time; about to happen: a breakthrough in combating the disease may be at handMore example sentences
- Some long-awaited good news on Laybourne Lakes, Hessay, is at hand.
- The current relative quiet on the Israeli-Palestinian front shouldn't lull anyone into believing that peace is at hand.
- Thanking the protective services for their quick response, Aboud said he hoped that success was close at hand.
at (or by) the hands (or hand) of
- Through the agency of: he will undergo tests at the hands of a senior neurologistMore example sentences
- The JNA invaded Slovenia immediately after it declared its independence (only to suffer heavy and disgracing losses at the hand of hastily organized militias).
- Indeed, it seems as though the melody and continuity suffered slightly at the hand of all these exclamation marks that Maestra Hewitt procured.
- And with this deed, Roderigo is lead to his death by the hands of none other than, ‘Honest Iago.’
bind (or tie) someone hand and foot
- Tie someone’s hands and feet together.More example sentences
- The robber turned on him as he was watching television, pulled out a six-inch bladed knife, tied him hand and foot, and left him gagged on the floor too terrified to move.
- While under interrogation, Puiggrós was tied hand and foot and mistreated physically, but when workers attempted to help him they were threatened with harm.
- Two men carrying handcuffs and leg irons came for him at his mother's home in Sacramento, Calif., shoved him into a van and bound him hand and foot.
- By a person and not a machine: the crop has to be harvested by handMore example sentences
- 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.
- (Of mail) delivered in person rather than posted: he drafted a statement and sent it by handMore example sentences
- 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.
get (or keep) one's hand in
- Become (or remain) practised in something: I like to keep my hand in by catering for private functionsMore example sentences
- So in order to keep his hand in at the game, he is hoping to practice at Kilkenny.
- At least if you're fit - and you're not playing - you can always train and keep your hand in.
- If I fail, well, I've kept my hand in with the day job and it'll be back to selling whisky down at Leith.
get (or lay)one's hands on
- Find or get something: I haven’t got my hands on a copy yetMore example sentences
- Like tickets for a 1970's concert for The Who, investors practically stampeded to get their hands on the paper.
- Like most children I read every Roald Dahl book I could get my hands on.
- Each player is focusing on the task ahead, anxiously waiting to get his hands on the red ball.
- Assist in an action or enterprise: the policemen lent a hand in getting the stretcher up the stepsMore example sentences
- But due to soaring demand a second assistant lends a hand.
- Why the state should lend a hand to assist people already doing a fair bit better than the basic wage beats me.
- Each age group is run by a qualified rugby coach, but parents are encouraged to lend a hand.
hand in glove
- In close collusion or association: they were working hand in glove with our enemiesMore example sentences
- We have worked hand in glove for over 50 years to establish international institutions and a set of norms to govern civilized behavior in the era of nuclear weapons and an increasingly interdependent world.
- Our ultimate ambition is to have our own Rugby Development Officer working hand in glove with the schools.
- There was speculation that a few corporates were hand in glove with institutional players and brokers to depress the market so that there would be a substantial reduction in the equity valuation of the stocks.
hand in hand
- (Of two people) with hands joined, especially as a mark of affection: walking hand in hand with my father down the streetMore example sentences
- As they walked hand in hand down the sidewalk to the park, Mark looked at her askance.
- Together, hand in hand, they walked slowly toward the empty space in his living room.
- So we walked together, hand in hand, a perfect pair of lovers bathed in the moonlight.
- Closely associated or connected: she had the confidence that usually goes hand in hand with experienceMore example sentences
- To be fair, this point goes hand in hand with the previous one.
- Surveys show that well-managed shooting land goes hand in hand with a wider and richer diversity of plants and wildlife.
- We should all bear this in mind, for territorial ambition often goes hand in hand with the censor's creed.
hand someone something on a plate
- • informal Make something very easily obtainable for someone: it was a win handed to him on a plateMore example sentences
- It couldn't really be claimed that Alloa created the better chances of the first half; they were handed them on a plate.
- Admittedly he had luck on his side that day, because the hot favourite Ichi Beau was in front and looking like a winner when he crashed out of contention at the second-last fence, handing Minster Glory the race on a plate.
- Telling me that I could wear the pretty dresses, the fancy hair adornments and the magical shoes and prance around under the twinkling lights with applause at the end was like handing me the world on a plate.
(from) hand to mouth
- Satisfying only one’s immediate needs because of lack of money fo future plans and investments: they were flat broke and living hand to mouth [as modifier]: a hand-to-mouth existenceMore example sentences
- I'd rather live hand to mouth than get money for nothing.
- Back in 1970, at the start of his four-year stint living hand to mouth as a translator in Paris, Auster had begun working on a difficult early novel, made all the more difficult for him because it relied on a female narrator.
- The teachers now recognize that they face a very difficult decision: working alone in the U.S. and scraping some money together to wire home, or bringing over their families and living hand to mouth.
- Easily and decisively: Swindon won hands downMore example sentences
- The envious look on my fellow competitors' faces reflected my own view: I was going to win this race hands down.
- I will say hands down they are the most wondrous thing in the world I have ever seen.
- McCrann has exhibited how superior intellect will defeat sloganeering hands down.
- Used as a warning not to touch or interfere with something: hands off that cake tin!More example sentences
- We feel that Yorkshire doesn't really deserve it, so hands off, it's ours.
- Now that development threatens the playground of the elite they cry hands off.
- (as adjective hands-off) Not involving or requiring direct control or intervention: a hands-off management styleMore example sentences
- Such loyalty and his hands-off management style might have worked in a privately owned business.
- Usual physiotherapy produced marginally better treatment outcomes at 12 months than the shorter, hands-off intervention.
- So this is why I'm concerned with creating the right culture of hands-off management at PaxDigita.
- Involving or offering active participation rather than theory: hands-on in-service trainingMore example sentences
- The time is equally divided between interactive theory classes and hands-on practical classes.
- Patients were able to participate and gain hands-on experience.
- In all, participants get hands-on training in eight skill areas of hunting and taking game.
- Computing Involving or requiring personal operation at a keyboard.More example sentences
- Keyboard shortcuts and tabbing support hands-on keying, or you can utilize standard mouse-click functionality.
- Used as an instruction to raise one’s hands in surrender or to signify assent or participation: hands up who saw the programme!More example sentences
- Hands up who likes an old fashioned boy?
- The cop shouted, "Hands up police!"
have a hand in something
- Be involved in doing something: the girls had a hand in writing the lyricsMore example sentences
- Others hurl insults at neighboring Syria, blamed by many Lebanese for having a hand in the crimes.
- Consistently, they have denied they duck each other, or that their father has a hand in the outcome of matches.
- Kelley, one of Hollywood's most prolific TV writer-producers, had a hand in creating most of the scripts.
have one's hands full
- Have as much work as one can do: I can’t do the job—I’ve got my hands full at my deskMore example sentences
- Staff on the labour and maternity wards had their hands full as 10 tiny tots arrived thick and fast following Big Ben's chimes.
- The traffic police have their hands full in managing the crowds on this already busy thoroughfare.
- In other words, you have your hands full already with existing problems.
have one's hands tied
- • informal Be unable to act freely: he cannot have his hands tied on how his department’s money is spentMore example sentences
- Parents are either unable or unwilling to do anything, teachers have their hands tied, the police are impotent and the Judiciary Services have let us down.
- So with Anderson's help he can parade himself before the IOC as having his hands tied by judicial process when pleading Australia is not soft on drugs in sport.
- It seems ridiculous that someone capable of building something that will actually secure our future is having his hands tied.
have to hand it to someone
- • informal Used to acknowledge the merit or achievement of someone: I’ve got to hand it to you—you’ve got the magic touchMore example sentences
- For all the bile that's been spilled this year about WFF, I do have to hand it to them, they collected well over 300 movies, and many of them do look intriguing.
- Maybe we were not on top of our game but you just have to hand it to them.
- Observers have been noting for a while that Crossmolina have lost some of their pep, and that is undoubtedly true and understandable, but you have to hand it to them, they keep on grinding out the results nevertheless.
- 1Receiving or requiring immediate attention: he threw himself into the work in handMore example sentences
- I told the sound guy that I didn't want to be miked up today; this was too important an outing for me and I needed nothing to divert my attention from the job in hand.
- If it took this defeat to refocus attention to the matter in hand then it might prove to be no bad thing.
- But during the long days at sea, the men and women on board keep busy with a wide range of activities and exercises quite apart from the immediate task in hand.
- 1.1In progress: negotiations are now well in handMore example sentences
- The building of the extra gullies was well in hand, and considerable progress had been made with the pitching of the surface of the roadway.
- 2Ready for use if required; in reserve: he had £1,000 of borrowed cash in handMore example sentences
- Isis had her staff in hand, ready to do whatever was needed.
- The second day, after a call from my new friend Steve and a complicated process of money being wired to the local consulate I faced the city with cash in hand, which is necessary to do any place justice.
- The sale price is a multiple of less than four times pre-tax profits at the company which has €4.2m cash in hand and no bank loans or overdrafts.
- 3Under one’s control: the police had the situation well in handMore example sentences
- We were in front today and I had it all in hand; we were controlling the pace, the bike was going well and then something totally unexpected happens.
- Airport bosses are unaware of the reasons behind the captain's delay but insist that air traffic control had the incident in hand.
- So I do trust his judgment, and I'm sure he's got the situation well in hand.
- 3.1(Of land) farmed directly by its owner and not let to tenants.More example sentences
- The rest of the land is in hand and farmed by Aubourn; this year's crop is wheat.
- The more farms in hand, the more subsidy - so vacated farms were invariably taken over by existing farmers.
in safe hands
- Protected by or in the care of someone trustworthy: the future of the cathedral is in safe handsMore example sentences
- The weekly club was a haven for carers who could either leave the person they cared for in safe hands for a few hours or stay and chat with others in the same situation.
- We are strictly governed by rules of professional conduct, which means the public are protected and can feel confident that they are in safe hands.
- The society retains possession of the library but can now be reassured that it is in safe hands and can be so much more widely used.
make (or lose or spend) money hand over fist
- • informal Make (or lose or spend) money very rapidly: they are losing money hand over fistMore example sentences
- Anyone who doesn't bother to check regularly whether they're getting value for money for their current financial products is probably losing money hand over fist.
- While corporate America would rather be making money hand over fist, Robin argues, the neocons are in search of a fight ‘between good and evil, civilization and barbarism.’
- But four-fifths of broadcast network TV is now delivered to homes by cable or satellite - not free - and NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox are making money hand over fist.
many hands make light work
- • proverb A task is soon accomplished if several people help.More example sentences
- To quote the old saying, many hands make light work.
- Just when you are thinking too many cooks spoil the broth, suddenly someone will remind you that many hands make light work.
- Putting the Lantern Parade together is a huge job and many hands make light work.
not (or never) do a hand's turn
- • informal Do no work at all: they sit there without doing a hand’s turnMore example sentences
- Jaysus, him and Ethel didn't do nawthin but lay about all day and ate the grub that Norman worked so hard tee pay for and bejaysus they never did a hand's turn round the place.
- Captain Hagberd, for instance, outlines to Bessie the duties of a good wife: ‘when a husband gets back from his work he needs a lot of water for a wash, not that [a beloved husband should] ever need to do a hand's turn after he comes home ’.
- In the house I'm not let do a hand's turn for myself: somebody else must do it and touch me for it.
off someone's hands
- Not having to be dealt with or looked after by the person specified: they just want the problem off their handsMore example sentences
- Marca reports Carvajal and an English agent are working on the deal and claim Real would be glad to get him off their hands.
- There are two parties interested in taking the club off Boyle 's hands and Jackson hopes a deal might be concluded around the middle or second half of the new season.
- It might be only too happy if the council took St James House off its hands, possibly as part of a deal on the council's site opposite Haymarket Station.
on every hand
- All around: new technologies were springing up on every handMore example sentences
- New branches of business are constantly springing up on every hand.
- I point out that, to the contrary, neo-Nazis are prone to very complex thinking - since their view of the world is contradicted on every hand.
- The Left believe in NO inborn limits on what human arrangements will work whereas Mark sees limits on every hand.
- 1Present, especially for a specified purpose: her trainer was on hand to give adviceMore example sentences
- The 2004 Rose will be on hand later to present the trophy to the winning connections in the race which bears her name.
- Mayor of Waterford, Seamus Ryan was on hand to present certificates at Waterford City Library.
- Kildare footballer John Doyle was on hand to present the county awards.
- 1.1Readily available: she kept stocks of delicacies on handMore example sentences
- The problem is that cash on hand isn't always available to directly pay off debt.
- If you don't have homemade chicken stock on hand, use canned or a powdered base.
- In truth, no one wanted to blow a chance at a sale by admitting they keep spare parts on hand to fix glasses under warranty.
- 2Needing to be dealt with: they had many urgent and pressing matters on handMore example sentences
- I believe that all of us should give our best to the work on hand.
- Clearly our new business manager at Athletics Ireland has a huge task on hand to market the sport and get big crowds back to see the sport.
- Thanks was extended to John Robinson, the regular judge, for all his commitment and dedication to the job on hand.
on someone's hands
- 1Used to indicate that someone is responsible for dealing with someone or something: he has a difficult job on his handsMore example sentences
- Make no mistake, the manager and his staff have still got a difficult job on their hands, and it's a very strict budget they will have to work to in the coming months.
- The analysts said Thomson had a very difficult job on his hands.
- Teachers in England, who have been instructed by MP David Blunkett to stop children using mobiles at school except for ‘essential’ calls, will have a job on their hands.
- 1.1Used to indicate that someone is to blame for something: he has my son’s blood on his handsMore example sentences
- The American media have blood on their hands.
- It was precisely the Shah's slamming of the opposition that prepared the grounds for the extreme reaction of the Islamic fundamentalists and people like yourself have blood on your hands for supporting the Shah.
- And then the cameras panned high up to the gallery where two young women were standing, one holding a ‘Blood on your hands ' banner.
- 2At someone’s disposal: since I retired I’ve had more time on my handsMore example sentences
- There are far too many hours of gameplay in Fable as it is, and the nearly infinite decision-dependent variations mean if you've got far too much time on your hands, you'll probably enjoy repeating the entire game over and over again.
- If you're just avidly curious with way too much time on your hands, check out the generations of good-bye notes, starting with the AOL acquisition of Netscape and continuing up to the present day.
- I mean, if you were banking 40 grand or more a week, and had a copious amount of free time on your hands, there are surely a million more imaginative ways to spend your time than mincing around celeb-studded night clubs in your Gucci threads!
on the one (or the other) hand
- Used to present factors which are opposed or which support opposing opinions: a conflict between their rationally held views on the one hand and their emotions and desires on the otherMore example sentences
- On the other hand, a number of species collected were found in only a single drainage.
- On the other hand, there are those who are at large but whose addresses are well known or ought to be known to the police.
- On the other hand, will someone please explain why so many roses are permanently hooked up with weeds?
out of hand
- 1Not under control: things were getting a bit out of hand at the picket lineMore example sentences
out of control, uncontrollable, unmanageable, ungovernable, unruly, disorderly, rowdy, wild, boisterous, difficult, disruptive, ill-disciplined, undisciplined, refractory, recalcitrant, intractable, impossible, obstreperous, fractious, wayward, incorrigible• informal stroppy• archaic contumacious
- The wild flowers are getting a bit out of hand and I've had to do a little selective pruning.
- It was a bit unusual but I just thought someone who hated dogs and was crazy just let things get a bit out of hand.
- It was a pity that the game got a bit out of hand in the last quarter and that three players were sidelined.
- 2Without taking time to think: they rejected negotiations out of handMore example sentences
- His last attempt at negotiating with an unwavering leader has now been rejected out of hand.
- Howard claims to be flabbergasted that anyone should reject it out of hand.
- The Sunday Herald has seen the confidential document which prompted the SRU to reject the deal out of hand.
the right hand doesn't know what the left hand's doing
- Used to convey that there is a state of confusion within a group or organization.More example sentences
- The saying "the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing" was never more true than in modern day Cuba.
- The problem I have with the IRS is that the tax code is so wretchedly complicated that the right hand doesn't know what the left is doing.
a safe pair of hands
- (In a sporting context) used to refer to someone who is reliable when catching a ball: he has a safe pair of hands and made the catch look easyMore example sentences
- Terry Pearson broke up several threatening attacks and Bentley was once again showing a safe pair of hands in the home goal.
- He is also a very good fielder with a safe pair of hands.
- Particularly Pietersen, oddly enough, since he is a fine fielder, an intelligent cricketer and a safe pair of hands.
- Used to denote someone who is capable, reliable, or trustworthy in the management of a situation: they were searching for a safe pair of hands to oversee the running of the lotteryMore example sentences
- In the short term, management will want to install a safe pair of hands in the editor's chair, someone who can pull off the balancing act of both stemming the Mirror's falling circulation and keeping their head down.
- Regarded as a safe pair of hands, he manages to combine a strong streak of entrepreneurship with a cautious and balanced approach to control and risk.
- Those who saw him as a safe pair of hands when he succeeded a dispirited Paul Sturrock in August presumably thought the former Aberdeen and St Mirren manager would use such experience to bolster a struggling squad.
set (or put) one's hand to
- Start work on: having set his hand to any task, he would see it through to the endMore example sentences
- They explored every direction they could imagine going in, and succeeded in producing beautiful songs in whatever musical style they put their hand to.
- I personally think it is one of the more daring pieces I have put my hand to in a while and I like a lot of it, although I am far from saying that is not in need of serious revision; much of it needs considerable work.
- I really am thoroughly mediocre at everything I've ever put my hand to: advertising, academia, journalism.
stay someone's hand
- Restrain someone from acting: his feelings made him stay his hand before announcing his decisionMore example sentences
- After an exhausting fight, Vader is poised to finish Luke off, but he stays his hand.
- Many have been staying their hand for years waiting for new laws allowing them to share part of their spouse's pension.
- The disciplinary committee will clearly have stayed their hand during the legal proceedings but I would assume it will now be reviewed by the committee, who will take whatever action they deem necessary.
take a hand
- Become influential in determining something; intervene: fate was about to take a hand in the outcome of the championshipMore example sentences
- Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman took a hand in negotiations in an effort to avert a strike but was not willing to offer any additional money.
- Aged 18, the dole office beckoned, but fate took a hand on the final day of filming when they were offered a recording contract à la Robson & Jerome.
- Then Carlow took a hand in their own destiny and posted points from Brian Carbery and Johnny Nevin to equalise in the 29th minute.
take someone/something in hand
- Deal with or take control of someone or something: their parents are incapable of taking their children in handMore example sentences
- The Tudors were the first of the English to take Ireland in hand seriously.
- Fortunately Mrs. Collins was a fairly intelligent woman and took matters in hand.
- When Tilly had returned to London for this season I had quickly taken her in hand.
talk to the hand (also tell it to the hand)
- [in imperative] • informal Used as a contemptuous way of dismissing what someone has said (often accompanied by a gesture in which the palm of the hand is held in front of the original speaker’s face): talk to the hand, girl, 'cos the face ain’t listeningMore example sentences
- If you have any constructive corrections, then I'm open to suggestions but iff all you have are put downs and bad mouthing, then tell it to the hand, and step off.
- I am so tired of your rants so from now on tell it to the hand cos the face ain't listenin' as they say in your fave culture.
- Talk to the hand 'cause the rich and powerful ain't listening to you.
- Within easy reach: have a pen and paper to handMore example sentences
- Having this detailed information to hand can make it easier to find the most appropriate deal.
- All borrowers need to do is have their membership number to hand, ready to enter using the phone keys.
- The moral is to be prepared and always have an umbrella near to hand, just in case!
turn one's hand to
- Undertake (an activity different from one’s usual occupation): a music teacher who turned his hand to writing booksMore example sentences
- ‘That's why I can turn my hand to so many different jobs,’ he said.
- His was a talent to touch on many different topics: he turned his hand to criticism about music, the drama and the visual arts.
- A farmer by occupation, he could turn his hand to other jobs, too, such as building, carpentry, gardening, butchering, poetry and lots of other chores about the house.
wait on someone hand and foot
- Attend to all someone’s needs or requests, especially when this is regarded as unreasonable: I was wallowing in the luxury of the hotel, being waited on hand and footMore example sentences
- I also surmised that she is one of these women who is subservient to her husband and waits on him hand and foot.
- He pampered me as he always does when I'm sick and waited on me hand and foot and now I feel so overwhelmingly guilty that I'm just going to pack it in and go to bed before he says ‘are you ok?’
- But that's the thing - people wait on you hand and foot.
with one hand (tied) behind one's back
- With serious limitations or restrictions: at the moment, the police are tackling record crime rates with one hand tied behind their backMore example sentences
- One of the biggest issues we heard about the Viet Nam war was that our men and women were forced to fight the war with one hand tied behind their back.
- Although a democracy must often fight with one hand tied behind its back, it nonetheless has the upper hand.
- He's forcing them, the scientific community, to really go forward with these potential breakthroughs, with one hand tied behind their back.
hand something down
- 1Pass something on to a younger person or a successor: songs are handed down from mother to daughterMore example sentences
- Of course they can conserve these things only by handing them down, by passing them on to their children, or to somebody's children.
- It used to belong to my father, but before he passed away he handed it down to me.
- The songs were handed down in special hand-copied notebooks.
- 2Announce something, especially a judgement or sentence, formally or publicly: it was the most liberal decision ever handed down by a football authorityMore example sentences
- One way round such fears is to allow the relatives to speak after the sentence has been handed down, some critics suggest.
- Two weeks later the formal decision was handed down to close the private bank, a bitter pill that Citigroup recently disclosed cost it $244 million in the fourth quarter alone.
- I ought formally to hand the judgment down, unless, having read it, you have noticed any errors or omissions?
hand something in
- Give something to a person in authority for their attention: we handed in a letter of protestMore example sentences
- In order to receive the said pizza, the Vets would just have to finish five book reports and hand them in to the proper authorities for inspection.
- The man was unaware of the concern he had caused and when he realised what had happened he handed the gun in voluntarily to the police.
- If you wish to submit any articles please hand them in to Thomas Keane before this date.
hand someone off
- Rugby Push away a tackling opponent with one’s hand.More example sentences
- Moments later the visitors took the lead for the first time as Williams handed off Andrew Trimble to score the match's only try 11 minutes into the second half.
- Davies handed off his man and released flanker and man of the match Tom Hocking for a charge up the touchline.
hand something on
- Pass something to the next person in a series or succession: he had handed on the family farm to his sonMore example sentences
- But they remain less than owners; they are more like trustees, with an obligation to maintain the structure and hand it on to successors in good working order.
- Giuliani preached personal responsibility to the city's citizens, but he led by the example of his own willingness to take responsibility for making the city work and handing it on to his successor in markedly better shape than he found it.
- ‘They had been in my family for generations, and the idea was to hand them on to my children,’ he said.
- Pass responsibility for something to someone else; delegate: for most managers there is little choice but to hand on workMore example sentences
- The market town's museum will be responsible for it for six weeks before handing it on.
- I will be very sad to leave them but I know I am handing them on to a well-trained young team who value the horses and the work they do.
- He talks about handing batons on, of the uselessness of the country's universities in providing its galleries with the proper staff, of the neglect of connoisseurship, of the absence of a latter - day Bernard Berenson or Kenneth Clark.
hand something out
- 1Give a share of something or one of a set of things to each of a number of people; distribute: Ralph handed out cigarsMore example sentences
- Beer giant Budweiser is to be hauled before a court to explain how a promotional event where free drinks were handed out to revellers ended in the death of a student.
- The pub will also be doing street promotions where vouchers for a free drink will be handed out, which doubles as an entry form.
- Compensation also came from a charity fund, which accumulated donations from all over the world, divided the money into 352 equal shares and handed it out to close relatives.
- 2Impose or inflict a penalty or misfortune on someone: harsher punishments are being handed out to reckless driversMore example sentences
- The reason - what the Ninth Circuit is looking at - the issue here is how the death penalty was handed out in the first place, whether it was a judge or jury.
- Financial penalties will be handed out to councils who fail to meet targets.
- In May, eight caravans were taken straight off the road, mainly because they were too heavy for the vehicles towing them, while two fixed penalties and 13 warnings were handed out for the same reason.
- Pass responsibility to someone else: he will soon hand over to a new directorMore example sentences
- However, after seven years, the time has come for me to hand over to a new Chair who can build on those achievements.
- "It really is time for me to hand over to the next generation.
hand someone/thing over
- Give someone or something, or the responsibility for someone or something, to someone else: her parents handed her over to be brought up by her grandparentsMore example sentences
- He told Scotland on Sunday that Dewar hadn't known about the secret cost increases at the time because responsibility for the project had been handed over to Steel.
- Meanwhile, badly needed investment in the Underground is mired in a row over the arrangements under which responsibility for it will be handed over to the GLA.
- When a parent hands their children over to the school it is the school's responsibility to look after them.
hand something round (or around)
- Offer something to each of a number of people in turn: a big box of chocolates was handed roundMore example sentences
- Traditional sweets were handed round after the deal, as the convicted men and the relatives of their victims embraced each other.
- Various products were handed round for all to try, smell etc., and many went home with very smooth hands from the sampling!
- About lunchtime there was more eating and chat and a few smoky barbecues lit up and bangers and burgers were handed around.
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- But every genre has its talentless, dreadful army of handless practitioners, and yet somehow, unlike poor old horror, they all still manage to get away with not having their finest sons and daughters tarred with the brush of the hopeless.
- This doll was homemade, it was obvious, stitched together from now-turquoise and pink scraps, with a round head, handless arms, and footless legs.
- Twenty-five years ago, the Mr Asia drug ring came to a bloody end, with the discovery of Aucklander Marty Johnstone's handless, mutilated body in an English quarry.
Old English hand, hond, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hand and German Hand.