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hand
American English: /hænd/
British English: /hand/

Translation of hand in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 (Anatomy) I received it from the king's own hand
    lo recibí de manos del rey
    you couldn't see your hand in front of your face
    no se veía nada
    to be good o clever with one's hands
    ser hábil con las manos
    ser mañoso
    with one's own hands
    con sus ( or mis etc) propias manos
    he killed it with his bare hands
    lo mató a mano limpia
    to give somebody one's hand
    darle la mano a alguien
    they were holding hands when they arrived
    llegaron tomados or agarrados or (especially Spain) cogidos de la mano
    I need somebody to hold my hand
    necesito que alguien me dé ánimos
    I took Mary's hand in mine to take her across the road
    le di la mano a Mary para cruzar la calle
    he took me by the hand
    me tomó or agarró or (especially Spain) cogió de la mano
    we were all on our hands and knees, looking for the ring
    estábamos todos a gatas or en cuatro patas, buscando el anillo
    he wouldn't give it to me even if I went down on my hands and knees
    no me lo daría ni aunque se lo pidiera de rodillas
    to have/hold something in one's hands
    tener/llevar algo en la mano
    to hold on with both hands
    agarrarse or sujetarse con las dos manos
    look, no hands!
    mira ¡sin manos!
    to hold out one's hand to somebody
    tenderle la mano a alguien
    to join hands
    darse la(s) mano(s)
    we join hands with your people in deploring the events
    nos solidarizamos con vuestro pueblo al expresar nuestra repulsa
    hands off!
    ¡quita las manos de ahí!
    ¡no toques!
    hands off those watercolors!
    ¡no me toques las acuarelas!
    hands off our schools!
    ¡dejen en paz nuestros colegios!
    hand on heart, I didn't mean it can you put (your) hand on (your) heart and say it isn't true?
    ¿puedes decir que no es verdad con la mano en el corazón?
    to put one's hand up o to raise one's hand
    levantar la mano
    hands up all those in favor
    que levanten la mano los que estén a favor
    hands up or I'll shoot!
    ¡manos arriba or arriba las manos o disparo!
    to raise one's hand to o against somebody
    levantarle la mano a alguien
    my father never raised a hand to me
    mi padre nunca me levantó la mano or nunca me puso la mano encima
    from hand to hand
    de mano en mano
    she climbed the rope hand over hand
    trepó palmo a palmo por la cuerda
    they were fighting hand to hand
    luchaban cuerpo a cuerpo
    a piece for four hands (Music)
    una pieza para cuatro manos
    hand-sewn o -stitched
    cosido a mano
    hand-painted
    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.
  • 2 (in phrases) at handthe day of the opening was at hand
    se acercaba el día de la inauguración
    el día de la inauguración estaba próximo
    help was at hand
    la ayuda estaba en camino
    to learn about something at first hand
    enterarse de algo directamente or personalmente
    enterarse de algo de primera mano
    to learn about something at second/third hand
    enterarse de algo a través de or por terceros
    he heard of her marriage only at second hand from her brother
    se enteró de que se había casado a través de or por su hermano
    by handmade/written by hand
    hecho/escrito a mano
    it must be washed by hand
    hay que lavarlo a mano
    he delivered the letter by hand
    entregó la carta en mano or personalmente
    by hand hand in hand
    de la mano
    tomados or agarrados or (especially Spain) cogidos de la mano
    poverty and disease go hand in hand
    la pobreza y la enfermedad van de la mano
    in handglass/hat in hand
    con el vaso/sombrero en la mano
    vaso/sombrero en mano
    sword in hand
    espada en mano or en ristre
    cash in hand to pay cash in hand
    pagar en metálico or en efectivo
    please concentrate on the task in hand
    concéntrate en lo que tienes entre manos
    of the projects we have currently in hand …
    de los proyectos que tenemos entre manos …
    let's get back to the matter in o (in American English also) at hand
    volvamos a lo que nos ocupa
    I like to keep a few dollars in hand for unforeseen eventualities
    me gusta tener unos dólares disponibles or en reserva para cualquier imprevisto
    we've still got a couple of hours in hand before we go to the airport
    todavía nos queda un par de horas antes de ir al aeropuerto
    to have something (well) in hand
    tener algo controlado or bajo control
    that boy needs taking in hand
    a ese chico va a haber que apretarle las clavijas
    on handwe're always on hand when you need us
    si nos necesitas, aquí estamos
    the police were on hand
    la policía estaba cerca
    it's useful to have it on hand
    es útil tenerlo a mano
    out of handthe boys get out of hand when their father is away
    los chicos se descontrolan cuando el padre no está
    the situation is getting out of hand
    la situación se les ( or nos etc) va de las manos
    to reject something out of hand
    rechazar algo de plano
    to hand (British English)
    (available) disponible
    I don't have your file to hand
    no tengo su archivo a (la) mano
    according to the information to hand
    según la información disponible
    I can't find it now, but I'm sure it will come to hand
    no lo encuentro en este momento, pero ya aparecerá
    she grabbed the first thing that came to hand
    agarró lo primero que encontró
    hand in glove o (especially American English) hand and glovethey're allegedly hand in glove with their competitors to fix prices
    se dice que se han puesto de acuerdo con la competencia para fijar los precios
    hand over fist her/his left hand doesn't know what her/his right hand is doing
    su mano izquierda no sabe lo que hace su derecha
    not to do a hand's turn [colloquial]
    no mover un dedo [colloquial]
    no dar golpe (Spain) (Mexico) [colloquial]
    to ask for/win somebody's hand (in marriage) [formal]
    pedir/obtener la mano de alguien (en matrimonio)
    to beat somebody/win hands down
    ganarle a alguien/ganar sin problemas or sin el menor esfuerzo
    to bind somebody hand and foot
    atar or (Latin America except River Plate area) amarrar a alguien de pies y manos
    we're bound hand and foot
    estamos atados de pies y manos
    tenemos las manos atadas
    to bite the hand that feeds one
    ser un desagradecido
    talk about biting the hand that feeds you!
    ¡cría cuervos … !
    to dirty o sully one's handsshe wouldn't dirty her hands with typing
    no se rebajaría a hacer de mecanógrafa: se le caerían los anillos
    he's already dirtied his hands with arms dealing
    ya se ha ensuciado las manos comerciando con armas
    to force somebody's handevents forced their hand
    los acontecimientos los obligaron a actuar
    I didn't want to, but you forced my hand
    no quería hacerlo, pero no me dejaste otra salida
    to gain/have the upper handeventually she gained the upper hand over her rival
    finalmente se impuso a su rival
    she's always had the upper hand in their relationship
    siempre ha dominado ella en su relación
    to get one's hands on somebody/somethingjust wait till I get my hands on him!
    ¡vas a ver cuando lo agarre!
    she can't wait to get her hands on the new computer
    se muere por usar la computadora nueva
    I've been trying to get my hands on that book for ages
    hace años que ando tras ese libro
    to give somebody/have a free hand
    darle a alguien/tener carta blanca
    to give somebody one's hand on somethinghe gave me his hand on it and the bargain was sealed
    cerramos el trato con un apretón de manos
    to give somebody the glad hand (American English)
    saludar a alguien efusivamente
    to give with one hand and take away with the other
    borrar con el codo lo que se escribe con la mano
    to go hat o (British English) cap in hand (to somebody)the next day, hat in hand, I apologized to the boss
    al día siguiente me tragué el orgullo y le pedí perdón al jefe
    I can't stand the way you have to go hat in hand to her for the smallest request
    no soporto que hasta el menor favor se lo tengas que pedir de rodillas
    we had to go to them hat in hand asking for more money
    tuvimos que ir a mendigarles más dinero
    to grab o grasp o seize something with both handsit was a wonderful opportunity and she grabbed it with both hands
    era una oportunidad fantástica y no dejó que se le escapara de las manos
    to have one's hands fullshe certainly has her hands full with seven children
    por cierto que tiene en qué entretenerse, con siete niños
    at the moment we've got our hands full with this order
    en este momento estamos ocupadísimos con este pedido
    to have one's hands tied
    tener las manos atadas or (Latin America except River Plate area) amarradas
    my/his hands are tied
    tengo/tiene las manos atadas or (Latin America except River Plate area) amarradas
    to have somebody eating out of one's hand
    hacer con alguien lo que se quiere
    manejar a alguien a su ( or mi etc) antojo
    she had them eating out of her hand
    hacía con ellos lo que quería
    los manejaba a su antojo
    to keep one's hand in
    no perder la práctica
    to know a place like the back of one's hand
    conocer un sitio al dedillo or como la palma de la mano
    she knows Paris like the back of her hand
    (se) conoce París al dedillo or como la palma de la mano
    to live (from) hand to mouth to put o dip one's hand in one's pocket
    contribuir con dinero
    to put o lay one's hand(s) on something
    dar con algo
    to sit on one's hands
    cruzarse de brazos
    estar mano sobre mano
    to stay one's/somebody's hand (from something) [literary]they begged him to stay his hand
    le rogaron que se contuviera
    she managed to stay his hand from that dreadful act
    logró impedir que cometiera semejante barbaridad
    to try one's hand (at something) to turn one's hand to somethingI'm willing to turn my hand to anything
    estoy dispuesto a hacer cualquier tipo de trabajo
    he was a success in everything he turned his hand to
    todo lo que se proponía (hacer) le salía bien
    to wait on somebody hand and foot
    hacerle de sirviente/sirvienta a alguien
    to wash one's hands of something
    desentenderse de algo
    lavarse las manos de algo
    many hands make light work
    el trabajo compartido es más llevadero
  • 3 3.1 the hand of God/Fate
    la mano de Dios/del destino
    to die by one's own hand [formal] to have a hand in something
    tener parte en algo
    the town had suffered at the hands of invaders
    la ciudad había sufrido a manos de los invasores
    that child needs a firm hand
    ese niño necesita (una) mano firme
    to rule with a heavy/iron hand
    mandar/gobernar con mano dura/de hierro
    with an open hand
    con largueza or generosidad
    generosamente
    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.
    3.2 (assistance) [colloquial]to give o lend somebody a hand
    echarle or darle una mano a alguien
    if we all lend a hand, it won't take long
    si todos echamos una mano, lo haremos en un momento
    do you need/want a hand with that?
    ¿te echo or doy una mano con eso?
    if you need a hand
    si necesitas ayuda
    Example sentences
    • Bradford's Industrial Museum has been giving a helping hand to a textile archive in Leeds.
    • "Do you need a hand?" I ask.
    3.3
    also: hands plural
    (possession, control, care) to change hands
    cambiar de dueño or manos
    a few dollars changed hands and it was mine
    les di unos dólares y era mío
    the contract is now in the hands of the lawyer
    ahora el contrato está en manos del abogado
    your future lies in your own hands
    tú eres dueño de tu futuro
    tu futuro depende de ti
    can I leave the matter in your hands?
    ¿puedo dejar el asunto en tus manos?
    in private hands
    en manos (de) particulares
    in good/capable hands
    en buenas manos
    my life is in your hands
    mi vida depende de ti
    how did that vase come into your hands?
    ¿cómo llegó a tus manos ese jarrón?
    he/it fell into the hands of the enemy o into enemy hands to put oneself in somebody's hands
    ponerse en manos de alguien
    to get something/somebody off one's hands [colloquial]
    quitarse algo/a alguien de encima [colloquial]
    he offered to take it off my hands for $500 [colloquial]
    me dijo que me daba 500 dólares por él para quitármelo de encima
    on somebody's handsshe hates having the children on her hands all day long
    detesta tener a los niños a su cuidado todo el día
    I've enough on my hands just now without that as well
    tengo ya bastante entre manos como para meterme también en eso
    to have more time on one's hands
    tener más tiempo libre
    we've got a problem on our hands
    tenemos or se nos presenta un problema
    I think we may have a bestseller on our hands
    creo que estamos frente a un posible bestseller
    out of somebody's handsthe matter is out of my hands
    el asunto no está en mis manos
    the decision has been taken out of his hands
    la decisión ya no está en sus manos
    to play into somebody's handsthe strikers are playing into the management's hands
    los huelguistas le están haciendo el juego or se lo están poniendo en bandeja a la patronal
  • 4 (side) on somebody's right/left hand
    a la derecha/izquierda de alguien
    on every hand [formal]
    por todas partes
    on the one hand … on the other (hand) …
    por un lado … por otro (lado) …
  • 5 (Games) 5.1
    (set of cards) mano (feminine)
    cartas (feminine plural)
    a good/poor hand
    una buena/mala mano
    buenas/malas cartas
    to overplay one's hand
    jugar mal sus ( or mis etc) cartas
    to show o reveal one's hand
    mostrar or enseñar las cartas
    mostrar el juego
    to strengthen somebody's hand
    afianzar la posición de alguien
    to throw in one's hand
    (to abandon a course of action, plan) tirar la toalla or esponja
    claudicar
    (lit: in poker) abandonar (las apuestas)
    irse al plato (Chile)
    to tip one's hand (American English) [colloquial]
    dejar ver sus ( or mis etc) intenciones
    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.
    5.2
    (round of card game) mano (feminine)
    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.
    5.3
    (player) jugador, (-dora) (masculine, feminine)
  • 6 6.1
    (worker) obrero, (-ra) (masculine, feminine)
    also: farm hand
    they're taking on new hands
    están contratando más mano de obra or más trabajadores
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    6.2 (Nautical) the hands gathered on the foredeck
    la marinería se congregó en la cubierta de proa
    all hands on deck
    ¡todos a cubierta!
    the ship went down with all hands
    el barco se hundió con toda la tripulación a bordo
    6.3 (experienced person) an old hand
    un veterano, (una veterana)
    he's an old hand at negotiating
    tiene mucha experiencia en negociaciones
  • 7 (applause) [colloquial] (no plural) a big hand
    un gran aplauso
    let's have a really big hand for …
    un gran aplauso para …
    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.
  • 8 (handwriting) [literary] she writes a neat/clear hand
    tiene buena letra/una letra muy clara
    the letter was in her own hand
    la carta era de su puño y letra
    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.
  • 9 the hour hand
    la manecilla or la aguja de las horas
    el puntero (Andes)
    the minute hand
    el minutero
    la manecilla or la aguja de los minutos
    the second hand
    el segundero
    la manecilla or la aguja de los segundos
    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.

transitive verb

  • to hand somebody somethingto hand something to somebody
    pasarle algo a alguien
    could you hand me that hammer, please?
    ¿me pasas ese martillo, por favor?
    she handed the book to her father
    le pasó el libro a su padre
    he was handed a stiff sentence (American English)
    le impusieron una pena severa
    Smith handed Jones an easy victory (British English)
    Smith le regaló la victoria a Jones
    to hand it to somebodyyou have to hand it to her; she knows how to deal with them
    hay que reconocerlo or hay que sacarle el sombrero, sabe cómo manejarlos
    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.

Phrasal verbs

hand around

(in British English also) hand round verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
make some photocopies and hand them around
haga unas fotocopias y repártalas or distribúyalas
he handed around a plate of cookies
pasó un plato de galletas
could you hand the cakes around?
¿podrías ofrecer los pasteles?

hand back

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
the documents must be handed back to their owner
los documentos deben ser devueltos or [formal] restituidos a su dueño

hand down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1.1 (pass down)
(custom/heirloom/story)
transmitir
(clothes)
pasar
a craft handed down from father to son
un arte transmitido de padre a hijo
all my clothes were handed down to my sisters
toda mi ropa pasaba a mis hermanas
1.2 (American English) (Law)to hand down a ruling
pronunciarse
dictar sentencia

hand in

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(homework/form/ticket)
entregar
to hand in one's resignation
presentar su ( or mi etc) dimisión or renuncia

hand off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1.1 (in US football)
(quarterback)
ceder
1.2 (in rugby)
(opponent)
rechazar

hand on

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(skills/knowledge)
transmitir
pasar
(object/photograph)
pasar
hand it on to the person on your left
pásaselo a la persona que esté a tu izquierda

hand out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(distribute, give out)
(leaflets/food)
repartir
distribuir
(advice)
dar
he handed out praise and punishment without fear or favor
premiaba y castigaba sin favoritismos ni temor

hand over

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (relinquish)
(money/keys/gun)
entregar
(prisoner)
entregar
1.2 (on telephone)to hand somebody over to somebody
pasarle a alguien con alguien
I'll hand you over to Ann
te paso con Ann
te doy con Ann (River Plate area)
1.3 (transfer)
(power/responsibility)
transferir
control of the business was handed over to …
la dirección del negocio fue puesta en manos de …
2verb + adverbwhen he finally hands over to his son
cuando finalmente le ceda el puesto a su hijo
I'm handing over to my deputy for a week
voy a dejar todo en manos de mi vice por una semana
I'll now hand over to our reporter in Boston
vamos a escuchar ahora a nuestro corresponsal en Boston

hand round

(British English)
hand around

hand up

(American English)
(Law)
pronunciarse

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