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All hands

  • everybody; all parties.
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At all hands, On all hands

  • on all sides; from every direction; generally.
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At any hand, At no hand

  • in any (or no) way or direction; on any account; on no account. "And therefore at no hand consisting with the safety and interests of humility." Jer. Taylor.
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At first hand

  • adverb from the original source; directly
    firsthand.
    • I heard this story firsthand
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  • from the first or original source; without the intervention of any agent.
    It is the intention of the person to reveal it at first hand, by way of mouth, to yourself. Dickens.
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At first hand, At second hand

  • . See def. 10 (above).
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At hand

  • adjective satellite close in space; within reach
    at hand.
    • the town is close at hand
  • adjective satellite close in time; about to occur
    impendent; impending; at hand; imminent.
    • retribution is at hand
    • some people believe the day of judgment is close at hand
    • in imminent danger
    • his impending retirement
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  • . (a) Near in time or place; either present and within reach, or not far distant. "Your husband is at hand; I hear his trumpet." Shak. (b) Under the hand or bridle. Obs. "Horses hot at hand." Shak.
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At second hand

  • . See Hand, n., 10.
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At the hand of

  • by the act of; as a gift from. "Shall we receive good at the hand of God and shall we not receive evil?" Job ii. 10.
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big hand

  • noun points to the minutes
    big hand.
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black hand

  • noun a secret terrorist society in the United States early in the 20th century
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bloody hand

Blood"y hand`
Definitions
  1. A hand stained with the blood of a deer, which, in the old forest laws of England, was sufficient evidence of a man's trespass in the forest against venison. Jacob.
  2. (Her.) A red hand, as in the arms of Ulster, which is now the distinguishing mark of a baronet of the United Kingdom.
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both-hands

Both"-hands` noun
Definitions
  1. A factotum. R.
    He is his master's both-hands, I assure you. B. Jonson.
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bow hand

Bow" hand`
Definitions
  1. (Archery) The hand that holds the bow, i. e., the left hand.
    Surely he shoots wide on the bow hand. Spenser.
  2. (Mus.) The hand that draws the bow, i. e., the right hand.
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bridge hand

  • noun the cards held in a game of bridge
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Bridle hand

  • the hand which holds the bridle in riding; the left hand.
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By hand

  • adverb without the use of a machine
    • this dress is sewn by hand
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  • with the hands, in distinction from instrumentality of tools, engines, or animals; as, to weed a garden by hand; to lift, draw, or carry by hand.
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Cap in hand

  • obsequiously; submissively.
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cash in hand

  • noun assets in the form of money
    funds; finances; pecuniary resource; monetary resource.
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change hands

  • verb be transferred to another owner
    change owners.
    • This restaurant changed hands twice last year
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Clean hands

  • freedom from guilt, esp. from the guilt of dishonesty in money matters, or of bribe taking. "He that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger." Job xvii. 9.
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clean-handed

  • adjective free from evil or guilt
    guiltless; innocent.
    • an innocent child
    • the principle that one is innocent until proved guilty
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close at hand

  • adjective satellite close in space; within reach
    at hand.
    • the town is close at hand
  • adjective satellite close in time; about to occur
    impendent; impending; at hand; imminent.
    • retribution is at hand
    • some people believe the day of judgment is close at hand
    • in imminent danger
    • his impending retirement
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come to hand

  • verb be revealed or disclosed
    come to light.
    • The truth finally came to light
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Comparison of hands

  • (Law), a mode of proving or disproving the genuineness of a signature or writing by comparing it with another proved or admitted to be genuine, in order to ascertain whether both were written by the same person. Bouvier. Burrill.
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Court hand

  • the hand or manner of writing used in records and judicial proceedings. Shak.
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Cursive hand

  • a running handwriting.
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Dead hand

  • noun real property held inalienably (as by an ecclesiastical corporation)
    mortmain.
  • noun the oppressive influence of past events or decisions
    mortmain; dead hand.
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  • a hand that can not alienate, as of a person civilly dead. "Serfs held in dead hand." Morley. See Mortmain.
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dead hand of the past

  • noun the oppressive influence of past events or decisions
    mortmain; dead hand.
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Deck hand

  • a sailor hired to help on the vessel's deck, but not expected to go aloft.
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Devil's fingers, Devil's hand

  • (Zoöl.), the common British starfish (Asterias rubens); also applied to a sponge with stout branches. Prov. Eng., Irish & Scot.
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double-handed

Dou"ble-hand"ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Having two hands.
  2. Deceitful; deceptive. Glanvill.
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Elder hand

  • noun the card player on the dealer's left
    elder hand.
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  • (Card Playing), the hand playing, or having the right to play, first.
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Eldest hand

  • noun the card player on the dealer's left
    elder hand.
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  • (Card Playing), the player on the dealer's left hand.
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empty-handed

  • adjective satellite having acquired or gained nothing
    unrewarded.
    • the returned from the negotiations empty-handed
  • adjective satellite carrying nothing in the hands
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Engrossing hand

  • (Penmanship), a fair, round style of writing suitable for engrossing legal documents, legislative bills, etc.
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fast-handed

Fast"-hand`ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Close-handed; close-fisted; covetous; avaricious. Obs. Bacon.
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field hand

  • noun a hired hand on a farm
    farm worker; fieldhand; farmhand.
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first-hand

First"-hand` adjective
Definitions
  1. Obtained directly from the first or original source; hence, without the intervention of an agent.
    One sphere there is . . . where the apprehension of him is first-hand and direct; and that is the sphere of our own mind. J. Martineau.
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Foremast hand ∨ man

  • (Naut.), a common sailor; also, a man stationed to attend to the gear of the foremast.
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four-in-hand

  • noun a long necktie that is tied in a slipknot with one end hanging in front of the other
  • noun a carriage pulled by four horses with one driver
    coach; coach-and-four.
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Four"-in-hand adjective
Definitions
  1. Consisting of four horses controlled by one person; as, a four-in-hand team; drawn by four horses driven by one person; as, a four-in-hand coach. -- n. A team of four horses driven by one person; also, a vehicle drawn by such a team.
    As quaint a four-in-hand As you shall see. Tennyson.
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free hand

  • noun freedom to do as you see fit
    blank check.
    • many have doubts about giving him a free hand to attack
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free-hand

Free"-hand` adjective
Definitions
  1. Done by the hand, without support, or the guidance of instruments; as, free-hand drawing. See under Drawing.
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Free-hand drawing

  • a style of drawing made without the use of guiding or measuring instruments, as distinguished from mechanical or geometrical drawing; also, a drawing thus executed.
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free-handed

Free"-hand`ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Open-handed; liberal.
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From hand to hand

  • from one person to another.
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Full hand

  • (Poker), three of a kind and a pair.
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glad hand

  • noun a warm welcome; may be insincere
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Green hand

  • a novice. Colloq.
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ham-handed

  • adjective satellite lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands
    butterfingered; bumbling; handless; ham-handed; bungling; ham-fisted; heavy-handed.
    • a bumbling mechanic
    • a bungling performance
    • ham-handed governmental interference
    • could scarcely empty a scuttle of ashes, so handless was the poor creature"- Mary H. Vorse
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hand and foot

  • adverb in all ways possible
    • they served him hand and foot
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hand and glove

  • adverb in close cooperation
    hand and glove; cooperatively.
    • they work hand in glove
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hand ax

  • noun a stone tool with a cutting edge; the stone is held in the hand and used for chopping
    hand ax.
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hand axe

  • noun a stone tool with a cutting edge; the stone is held in the hand and used for chopping
    hand ax.
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Hand bag

  • a satchel; a small bag for carrying books, papers, parcels, etc.
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Hand basket

  • a small or portable basket.
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Hand bell

  • a small bell rung by the hand; a table bell. Bacon.
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Hand bill

  • a small pruning hook. See 4th Bill.
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hand blower

  • noun a hand-held electric blower that can blow warm air onto the hair; used for styling hair
    hair dryer; hair drier; blow dryer; blow drier.
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hand brake

  • noun a brake operated by hand; usually operates by mechanical linkage
    emergency brake; emergency; parking brake.
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hand calculator

  • noun a calculator small enough to hold in the hand or carry in a pocket
    pocket calculator.
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Hand car

  • . See under Car.
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hand cheese

  • noun any cheese originally molded by hand
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hand clapping

  • noun a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together
    clapping; applause.
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hand cream

  • noun moisturizing cream for the hands
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Hand director

  • (Mus.), an instrument to aid in forming a good position of the hands and arms when playing on the piano; a hand guide.
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hand down

  • verb passed on, as by inheritance
    • This ring was handed down through many generations
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hand drill

  • noun a small portable drill held and operated by hand
    handheld drill.
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Hand drop

  • . See Wrist drop.
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hand fern

  • noun tropical American fern with coarsely lobed to palmatifid fronds
    Doryopteris pedata.
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Hand gallop

  • . See under Gallop.
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Hand gear

  • (Mach.), apparatus by means of which a machine, or parts of a machine, usually operated by other power, may be operated by hand.
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Hand glass

  • noun a mirror intended to be held in the hand
    hand glass.
  • noun light microscope consisting of a single convex lens that is used to produce an enlarged image
    simple microscope; magnifying glass.
    • the magnifying glass was invented by Roger Bacon in 1250
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  • . (a) A glass or small glazed frame, for the protection of plants. (b) A small mirror with a handle.
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hand grenade

  • noun a grenade designed to be thrown by hand
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Hand guide

  • . Same as Hand director (above).
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hand in glove

  • adverb in close cooperation
    hand and glove; cooperatively.
    • they work hand in glove
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Hand in hand

  • adverb together
    • hand in hand with hope went fear
    • doctors and nurses work hand in hand to save lives
  • adverb clasping each other's hands
    • they walked hand in hand
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  • . (a) In union; conjointly; unitedly. Swift. (b) Just; fair; equitable.
    As fair and as good, a kind of hand in hand comparison. Shak.
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hand job

  • noun slang for masturbation
    wank; jacking off; jerking off.
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Hand language

  • the art of conversing by the hands, esp. as practiced by the deaf and dumb; dactylology.
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Hand lathe

  • . See under Lathe.
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hand line

  • noun a fishing line managed principally by hand
    handline.
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hand lotion

  • noun lotion used to soften the hands
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hand luggage

  • noun luggage that is light enough to be carried by hand
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hand mirror

  • noun a mirror intended to be held in the hand
    hand glass.
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Hand money

  • money paid in hand to bind a contract; earnest money.
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hand mower

  • noun a lawn mower that is operated by hand
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Hand off!

  • keep off! forbear! no interference or meddling!
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Hand organ

  • noun a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegs
    barrel organ; hurdy gurdy; street organ; hurdy-gurdy; grind organ.
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  • (Mus.), a barrel organ, operated by a crank turned by hand.
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hand out

  • verb give to several people
    pass out; give out; distribute.
    • The teacher handed out the exams
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hand over

  • verb to surrender someone or something to another
    render; deliver; fork over; turn in; fork up; fork out.
    • the guard delivered the criminal to the police
    • render up the prisoners
    • render the town to the enemy
    • fork over the money
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hand over fist

  • adverb at a tremendous rate
    • made money hand over fist
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Hand over hand, Hand over fist

  • by passing the hands alternately one before or above another; as, to climb hand over hand; also, rapidly; as, to come up with a chase hand over hand.
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Hand over head

  • negligently; rashly; without seeing what one does. Obs. Bacon.
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Hand plant

  • . (Bot.) Same as Hand tree (below).
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hand pump

  • noun a pump worked by hand
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hand puppet

  • noun a puppet with a cloth body and hollow head; fits over the hand
    glove puppet; glove doll.
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Hand rail

  • a rail, as in staircases, to hold by. Gwilt.
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Hand running

  • consecutively; as, he won ten times hand running.
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Hand sail

  • a sail managed by the hand. Sir W. Temple.
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hand saw

  • noun a saw used with one hand for cutting wood
    carpenter's saw; handsaw.
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Hand screen

  • a small screen to be held in the hand.
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Hand screw

  • a small jack for raising heavy timbers or weights; (Carp.) a screw clamp.
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hand shovel

  • noun a shovel that is operated by hand
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Hand staff

  • (pl. Hand staves), a javelin. Ezek. xxxix. 9.
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Hand stamp

  • a small stamp for dating, addressing, or canceling papers, envelopes, etc.
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hand throttle

  • noun a hand-operated lever that controls the throttle valve
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hand to

  • to make the last corrections in; to complete; to perfect.
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Hand to hand

  • adverb at close quarters
    • fought hand to hand
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  • in close union; in close fight; as, a hand to hand contest. Dryden.
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hand to mouth

  • adverb with barely enough money for immediate needs
    • they lived form hand to mouth
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hand tool

  • noun a tool used with workers' hands
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hand towel

  • noun a small towel used to dry the hands or face
    face towel.
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Hand tree

  • (Bot.), a lofty tree found in Mexico (Cheirostemon platanoides), having red flowers whose stamens unite in the form of a hand.
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hand truck

  • noun a handcart that has a frame with two low wheels and a ledge at the bottom and handles at the top; used to move crates or other heavy objects
    truck.
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Hand vise

  • a small vise held in the hand in doing small work. Moxon.
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hand wear

  • noun clothing for the hands
    handwear.
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Hand work, ∨ Handwork

  • work done with the hands, as distinguished from work done by a machine; handiwork.
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hand-build

  • verb make without a potter's wheel
    coil; handbuild.
    • This famous potter hand-builds all of her vessels
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hand-crafted

  • adjective made by hand or a hand process
    handmade.
    • delicate handmade baby dresses
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hand-down

  • adjective satellite passed on from one person to another
    hand-down.
    • not too proud to wear hand-me-down clothes
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hand-dye

  • verb dye by hand
    • This fabric is hand-dyed
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hand-held

  • adjective small and light enough to be operated while you hold it in your hands
    handheld.
    • a hand-held computer
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hand-held computer

  • noun a portable battery-powered computer small enough to be carried in your pocket
    hand-held computer.
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hand-held microcomputer

  • noun a portable battery-powered computer small enough to be carried in your pocket
    hand-held computer.
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hand-hewn

  • adjective satellite cut or shaped with hard blows of a heavy cutting instrument like an ax or chisel
    hewn.
    • a house built of hewn logs
    • rough-hewn stone
    • a path hewn through the underbrush
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hand-hole

Hand"-hole noun
Definitions
  1. (Steam Boilers) A small hole in a boiler for the insertion of the hand in cleaning, etc.
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hand-loomed

  • adjective satellite made on a handloom
    handwoven.
    • handwoven tablecloth
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hand-me-down

  • noun outgrown garment passed down from one person to another
  • adjective satellite passed on from one person to another
    hand-down.
    • not too proud to wear hand-me-down clothes
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hand-operated

  • adjective satellite operated by hand
    non-automatic.
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hand-pick

  • verb pick personally and very carefully
    • the director hand-picked his new team
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hand-schuller-christian disease

  • noun inflammatory histiocytosis associated with disturbance of cholesterol metabolism; occurs chiefly in young children and is characterized by cystic defects of the skull and diabetes insipidus
    Schuller-Christian disease.
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hand-tight

Hand"-tight` adjective
Definitions
  1. (Naut.) As tight as can be made by the hand. Totten.
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hand-to-hand

  • adjective satellite being at close quarters
    • hand-to-hand fighting
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hand-to-hand struggle

  • noun the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat
    grappling; grapple; wrestle; wrestling.
    • they had a fierce wrestle
    • we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully
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hand-to-mouth

  • adjective satellite providing only bare essentials
    • a hand-to-mouth existence
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hand-wash

  • verb wash or launder by hand instead of with a machine
    handwash.
    • This delicate sweater must be handwashed
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hand-winged

Hand"-winged` adjective
Definitions
  1. (Zoöl.) Having wings that are like hands in the structure and arrangement of their bones; -- said of bats. See Cheiroptera.
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hand-work

Hand"-work` noun
Definitions
  1. See Handiwork.
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handed-down

  • adjective satellite having been passed along from generation to generation
    tralatitious.
    • among Biblical critics a tralatitious interpretation is one received by expositor from expositor
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handing over

  • noun the act of passing something to another person
    passage.
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hands down

  • adverb with no difficulty
    handily.
    • she beat him handily
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hands-down

  • adjective satellite achieved without great effort
    • a hands-down victory
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hands-off

  • adjective satellite not involving participation or intervention
    • a hands-off foreign policy
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hands-on

  • adjective satellite involving active participation
    • he's a hands-on manager
    • hands-on operations
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hard-handed

Hard"-hand`ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Having hard hands, as a manual laborer.
    Hard-handed men that work in Athens here. Shak.
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Heart and hand

  • with enthusiastic coöperation.
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Heavy hand

  • severity or oppression.
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heavy-handed

  • adjective satellite lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands
    butterfingered; bumbling; handless; ham-handed; bungling; ham-fisted; heavy-handed.
    • a bumbling mechanic
    • a bungling performance
    • ham-handed governmental interference
    • could scarcely empty a scuttle of ashes, so handless was the poor creature"- Mary H. Vorse
  • adjective satellite unjustly domineering
    roughshod.
    • incensed at the government's heavy-handed economic policies
    • a manager who rode roughshod over all opposition
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helping hand

  • noun physical assistance
    hand.
    • give me a hand with the chores
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high-handed

  • adjective satellite given to haughty disregard of others
    cavalier.
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High"-hand`ed adjective
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  1. Overbearing; oppressive; arbitrary; violent; as, a high-handed act.
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hired hand

  • noun a hired laborer on a farm or ranch
    hired man; hand.
    • the hired hand fixed the railing
    • a ranch hand
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horny-handed

Horn"y-hand`ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Having the hands horny and callous from labor.
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Hour hand

  • noun the shorter hand of a clock that points to the hours
    hour hand.
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  • the hand or index which shows the hour on a timepiece.
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In hand

  • adverb under control
    • the riots were in hand
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  • . (a) Paid down. "A considerable reward in hand, and . . . a far greater reward hereafter." Tillotson. (b) In preparation; taking place. Chaucer. "Revels . . . in hand." Shak. (c) Under consideration, or in the course of transaction; as, he has the business in hand.
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In one's handhands

  • . (a) In one's possession or keeping. (b) At one's risk, or peril; as, I took my life in my hand.
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Index hand

  • the pointer or hand of a clock, watch, or other registering machine; a hand that points to something.
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keep one's hands off

  • verb stay clear of, avoid
    keep one's eyes off; stay away; stand back; keep one's distance.
    • Keep your hands off my wife!
    • Keep your distance from this man--he is dangerous
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large-handed

Large"-hand`ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Having large hands, Fig.: Taking, or giving, in large quantities; rapacious or bountiful.
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last, ∨ finishing

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lay hands on

  • verb manage with the hands
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Laying on of hands

  • noun the application of a faith healer's hands to the patient's body
  • noun laying hands on a person's head to invoke spiritual blessing in Christian ordination
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  • a form used in consecrating to office, in the rite of confirmation, and in blessing persons.
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left hand

  • noun the hand that is on the left side of the body
    left.
    • jab with your left
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left-hand

  • adjective satellite intended for the left hand
    left.
    • I rarely lose a left-hand glove
  • adjective satellite located on or directed toward the left
    • a car with left-hand drive
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Left"-hand` adjective
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  1. Situated on the left; nearer the left hand than the right; as, the left-hand side; the left-hand road.
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Left-hand rope

  • rope laid up and twisted over from right to left, or against the sun; called also water-laid rope.
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left-handed

  • adjective using or intended for the left hand
    • left-handed golfers need left-handed clubs
    • left-handed scissors
  • adjective satellite (of marriages) illicit or informal
    • in Colonial America left-handed marriages between Frenchmen and Indians were frequent
  • adjective satellite (of marriages) of a marriage between one of royal or noble birth and one of lower rank; valid but with the understanding that the rank of the inferior remains unchanged and offspring do not succeed to titles or property of the superior
    morganatic.
  • adjective satellite rotating to the left
    levorotatory; levorotary.
  • adjective satellite ironically ambiguous
    • a left-handed compliment
  • adjective satellite lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands
    butterfingered; bumbling; handless; ham-handed; bungling; ham-fisted; heavy-handed.
    • a bumbling mechanic
    • a bungling performance
    • ham-handed governmental interference
    • could scarcely empty a scuttle of ashes, so handless was the poor creature"- Mary H. Vorse
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Left"-hand`ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Having the left hand or arm stronger and more dexterous than the right; using the left hand and arm with more dexterity than the right.
  2. Clumsy; awkward; unlucky; insincere; sinister; malicious; as, a left-handed compliment.
    The commendations of this people are not always left-handed and detractive. Landor.
  3. Having a direction contrary to that of the hands of a watch when seen in front; -- said of a twist, a rotary motion, etc., looked at from a given direction.
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Left-handed marriage

  • a morganatic marriage. See Morganatic.
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left-handed pitcher

  • noun a baseball pitcher who throws the ball with the left hand
    lefty; left-hander; lefthander; left hander; southpaw.
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Left-handed screw

  • a screw constructed to advance away from the observer, when turned, as in a nut, with a left-handed rotation. An ordinary wood screw is right-handed.
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Light hand

  • gentleness; moderation.
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light-handed

  • adjective satellite having a metaphorically delicate touch
    • the translation is...light-handed...and generally unobtrusive"- New Yorker
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Light"-hand`ed adjective
Definitions
  1. (Naut.) Not having a full complement of men; as, a vessel light-handed.
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lily-handed

Lil"y-hand`ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Having white, delicate hands.
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little hand

  • noun the shorter hand of a clock that points to the hours
    hour hand.
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lone hand

  • noun a person who avoids the company or assistance of others
    lone wolf; loner.
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mill-hand

  • noun a workman in a mill or factory
    factory worker.
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Minute hand

  • noun points to the minutes
    big hand.
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  • the long hand of a watch or clock, which makes the circuit of the dial in an hour, and marks the minutes.
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Note of hand

  • noun a promise to pay a specified amount on demand or at a certain time
    note; promissory note.
    • I had to co-sign his note at the bank
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  • a promissory note.
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Off hand

  • . See Offhand.
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Off hand, Out of hand

  • forthwith; without delay, hesitation, or difficulty; promptly. "She causeth them to be hanged up out of hand." Spenser.
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Off one's hands

  • out of one's possession or care.
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off-hand

  • adverb without preparation
    ex tempore.
    • I don't know the figures off-hand
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old hand

  • noun an experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service
    old stager; warhorse; veteran; oldtimer; old-timer; stager.
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On hand

  • adjective satellite readily available
    • there will be a wealth of information on hand from the lawyers
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  • in present possession; as, he has a supply of goods on hand.
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on one hand

  • adverb from one point of view
    on one hand.
    • on the one hand, she is a gifted chemist
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On one's hands

  • in one's possession care, or management.
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on the one hand

  • adverb from one point of view
    on one hand.
    • on the one hand, she is a gifted chemist
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on the other hand

  • adverb (contrastive) from another point of view
    but then; then again.
    • on the other hand, she is too ambitious for her own good
    • then again, she might not go
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one-hand

One"-hand` adjective
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  1. Employing one hand; as, the one-hand alphabet. See Dactylology.
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one-handed

  • adjective satellite having or using a single hand
    • one-handed golfers
    • a one-handed backetball shot
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open-handed

O"pen-hand`ed adjective
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  1. Generous; liberal; munificent. -- O"pen-hand`ed*ness, n. J. S. Mill.
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Out of hand

  • adverb out of control
    beyond control.
    • the riots got out of hand
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  • immediately; without delay or preparation. "Ananias . . . fell down and died out of hand." Latimer. most often seen in "dismiss out of hand"
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poker hand

  • noun the 5 cards held in a game of poker
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Putting the hand under the thigh

  • an ancient Jewish ceremony used in swearing.
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ranch hand

  • noun a hired hand on a ranch
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ready to hand

  • adjective satellite easy to reach
    handy.
    • found a handy spot for the can opener
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Red hand

  • (Her.), a left hand appaumé, fingers erect, borne on an escutcheon, being the mark of a baronet of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; called also Badge of Ulster.
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red hand defenders

  • noun a paramilitary group of Protestants in Northern Ireland that tries to prevent any political settlement with the Irish Republic; attacks interests of Catholic civilians in Northern Ireland; responsible for arson and bombing and murder
    RHD.
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red-hand rdhnd

Red"-hand`, Red"-hand`ed adjectiveadverb (Also<
  • Red-hand rdhnd
  • Red-handed
)
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  1. Having hands red with blood; in the very act, as if with red or bloody hands; -- said of a person taken in the act of homicide; hence, fresh from the commission of crime; as, he was taken red-hand or red-handed. usu. caught red-handed
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red-handed

  • adjective satellite in the act of committing a crime or other reprehensible act
    • caught red-handed
  • adverb doing something reprehensible or showing clear evidence of having done something reprehensible
    • he was caught red-handed
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Red"-hand`, Red"-hand`ed adjectiveadverb (Also<
  • Red-hand rdhnd
  • Red-handed
)
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  1. Having hands red with blood; in the very act, as if with red or bloody hands; -- said of a person taken in the act of homicide; hence, fresh from the commission of crime; as, he was taken red-hand or red-handed. usu. caught red-handed
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Right hand

  • noun the hand that is on the right side of the body
    right.
    • he writes with his right hand but pitches with his left
    • hit him with quick rights to the body
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  • the place of honor, power, and strength.
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right-hand

  • adjective satellite located on or directed toward the right
    • a right-hand turn
  • adjective satellite intended for the right hand
    right.
    • a right-hand glove
  • adjective satellite most helpful and reliable
    • my right-hand man
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Right"-hand` adjective
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  1. Situated or being on the right; nearer the right hand than the left; as, the right-hand side, room, or road.
  2. Chiefly relied on; almost indispensable.
    Mr. Alexander Truncheon, who is their right-hand man in the troop. Addison.
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right-hand man

  • noun the most helpful assistant
    man Friday; chief assistant.
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Right-hand rope

  • a rope which is laid up and twisted with the sun, that is, in the same direction as plain-laid rope. See Illust. of Cordage.
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right-handed

  • adjective using or intended for the right hand
    • a right-handed batter
    • right-handed scissors
  • adjective satellite rotating to the right
    dextrorotatory; dextrorotary.
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right-handed pitcher

  • noun (baseball) a pitcher who throws with the right hand
    right-hander.
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Right-handed screw

  • a screw, the threads of which, like those of a common wood screw, wind spirally in such a direction that screw advances away from the observer when turned with a right-handed movement in a fixed nut.
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Round hand

  • noun a clearly written style of longhand with large round curves
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  • a style of penmanship in which the letters are formed in nearly an upright position, and each separately distinct; distinguished from running hand.
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Running hand

  • noun rapid handwriting in which letters are set down in full and are cursively connected within words without lifting the writing implement from the paper
    longhand; cursive; cursive script.
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  • a style of rapid writing in which the letters are usually slanted and the words formed without lifting the pen; distinguished from round hand.
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Second hand

  • noun an intermediate person; used in the phrase `at second hand'
    • he could learn at second hand from books
  • noun hand marking seconds on a timepiece
  • adverb from a source of previously owned goods
    • I prefer to buy second hand
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  • the hand which marks the seconds on the dial of a watch or a clock.
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second-hand speech

  • noun overheard conversation (especially overheard cellphone conversation)
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second-hand store

  • noun a shop that sells secondhand goods at reduced prices
    thriftshop.
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section hand

  • noun a laborer assigned to a section gang
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shake hands

  • verb take someone's hands and shake them as a gesture of greeting or congratulation
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short-handed

  • adjective satellite inadequate in number of workers or assistants etc.
    understaffed; undermanned; short-staffed.
    • they're rather short-handed at the moment
    • overcrowded and understaffed hospitals
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Short`-hand"ed adjective
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  1. Short of, or lacking the regular number of, servants or helpers.
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Show of hands

  • a raising of hands to indicate judgment; as, the vote was taken by a show of hands.
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single-handed

  • adjective satellite unsupported by other people
    unassisted; unbacked.
  • adjective satellite without help from others
    • a single-handed accomplishment
  • adverb without assistance
    single-handedly.
    • I built this house single-handedly
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Sin"gle-hand"ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Having but one hand, or one workman; also, alone; unassisted. single-handedly, adv. by oneself, alone, unassisted.
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sinister-handed

Sin"is*ter-hand"ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Left-handed; hence, unlucky. Obs. Lovelace.
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Slack hand

  • idleness; carelessness; inefficiency; sloth.
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Sleight of hand

  • noun manual dexterity in the execution of tricks
    prestidigitation.
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  • legerdemain; prestidigitation.
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Small hand

  • a certain size of paper. See under Paper.
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Spear hand

  • the hand in which a horseman holds a spear; the right hand. Crabb.
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strait-handed

Strait"-hand`ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Parsimonious; sparing; niggardly. R. -- Strait"-hand`ed*ness, n. R.
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Strict hand

  • severe discipline; rigorous government.
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sure-handed

  • adjective satellite proficient and confident in performance
    • promising playwrights...sure-handed enough to turn out top-drawer scripts
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sweep hand

  • noun a second hand that is mounted on the same center as the hour and minute hand and is read on the minutes
    sweep-second.
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Taut hand

  • (Naut.), a sailor's term for an officer who is severe in discipline.
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text-hand

Text"-hand` noun
Definitions
  1. A large hand in writing; -- so called because it was the practice to write the text of a book in a large hand and the notes in a smaller hand.
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The upper hand

  • the superiority; the advantage. See To have the upper hand, under Hand. Jowett (Thucyd.).
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three-handed

Three"-hand`ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Said of games or contests where three persons play against each other, or two against one; as, a three-handed game of cards.
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To have, ∨ get, the (higher) upper hand

  • to have, or get, the better of another person or thing.
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To lift, ∨ put forth, the hand against

  • to attack; to oppose; to kill.
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To be hand and glove, ∨ in glove with

  • . See under Glove.
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To be hand and glove with

  • to be intimately associated or on good terms with. "Hand and glove with traitors." J. H. Newman.
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To be on the mending hand

  • to be convalescent or improving.
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To bear a hand

  • . (a) To help; to give assistance. (b) (Naut.) To make haste; to be quick.
  • (Naut), to give help quickly; to hasten.
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To bear in hand

  • to keep (one) up in expectation, usually by promises never to be realized; to amuse by false pretenses; to delude. Obs. "How you were borne in hand, how crossed." Shak.
  • to keep in expectation with false pretenses. Obs. Shak.
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To bring up by hand

  • to feed (an infant) without suckling it.
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To change a horse, or To change hand

  • (Man.), to turn or bear the horse's head from one hand to the other, from the left to right, or from the right to the left.
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To change hand

  • . See Change.
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To change hands

  • to change sides, or change owners. Hudibras.
  • to change owners.
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To clap hands

  • . (a) To pledge faith by joining hands. Obs.
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To clap the hands

  • to express joy or applause, as by striking the palms of the hands together.
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To come to hand

  • to be received; to be taken into possession; as, the letter came to hand yesterday.
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To fall into one's hands

  • to pass, often suddenly or unexpectedly, into one's ownership or control; as, to spike cannon when they are likely to fall into the hands of the enemy.
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To get hand

  • to gain influence. Obs.
    Appetites have . . . got such a hand over them. Baxter.
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To give the hand

  • to pledge friendship or faith.
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To give the hand of

  • to espouse; to bestow in marriage.
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To got one's hand in

  • to make a beginning in a certain work; to become accustomed to a particular business.
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To grease in the hand

  • to corrupt by bribes.
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To hand down

  • to transmit in succession, as from father to son, or from predecessor to successor; as, fables are handed down from age to age; to forward to the proper officer (the decision of a higher court); as, the Clerk of the Court of Appeals handed down its decision.
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To hand over

  • to yield control of; to surrender; to deliver up.
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To hang around

  • to loiter idly about.
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To hang back

  • to hesitate; to falter; to be reluctant. "If any one among you hangs back." Jowett (Thucyd.).
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To hang by the eyelids

  • . (a) To hang by a very slight hold or tenure. (b) To be in an unfinished condition; to be left incomplete.
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To hang in doubt

  • to be in suspense.
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To hang on

  • (with the emphasis on the preposition), to keep hold; to hold fast; to stick; to be persistent, as a disease.
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To hang on the lips, words, etc

  • ., to be charmed by eloquence.
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To hang out

  • . (a) To be hung out so as to be displayed; to project. (b) To be unyielding; as, the juryman hangs out against an agreement. Colloq. (c) to lounge around a particular place; as, teenageers tend to hang out at the mall these days
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To hang over

  • . (a) To project at the top. (b) To impend over.
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To hang to

  • to cling.
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To hang together

  • . (a) To remain united; to stand by one another. "We are all of a piece; we hang together." Dryden. (b) To be self-consistent; as, the story does not hang together. Colloq.
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To hang upon

  • . (a) To regard with passionate affection. (b) (Mil.) To hover around; as, to hang upon the flanks of a retreating enemy.
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To have a hand in

  • to be concerned in; to have a part or concern in doing; to have an agency or be employed in.
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To have in hand

  • . (a) To have in one's power or control. Chaucer. (b) To be engaged upon or occupied with.
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To have one's hands full

  • to have in hand al that one can do, or more than can be done conveniently; to be pressed with labor or engagements; to be surrounded with difficulties.
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To have the cards in one's own hands

  • to have the winning cards; to have the means of success in an undertaking.
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To his hand, To my hand, etc.

  • in readiness; already prepared. "The work is made to his hands." Locke.
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To hold hand

  • to compete successfully or on even conditions. Obs. Shak.
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To hold in hand

  • to toy with; to keep in expectation; to have in one's power. Obs.
    O, fie! to receive favors, return falsehoods, And hold a lady in hand. Beaw. & Fl.
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To keep one's hand in

  • to keep in practice.
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To lay hands on

  • to seize.
  • to seize; to assault.
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To lay hands on one's self, or To lay violent hands on one's self

  • to injure one's self; specif., to commit suicide.
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To lend a hand

  • to give assistance.
  • to give assistance; to help. Colloq.
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To lie on hand

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To lie on one's hands

  • to remain unsold or unused; as, the goods are still lying on his hands; they have too much time lying on their hands.
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To lift up the hand

  • . (a) To take an oath . Gen. xiv. 22. (b) To pray. Ps. xxviii. 2. (c) To engage in duty. Heb. xii. 12.
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To lift up the hand against

  • to rebel against; to assault; to attack; to injure; to oppress. Job xxxi. 21.
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To live from hand to mouth

  • to obtain food and other necessaries as want compels, without previous provision.
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To make one's hand

  • to gain advantage or profit.
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To play into a person's hands

  • to act, or to manage matters, to his advantage or benefit.
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To put the

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To put the hand to or unto

  • . (a) To take hold of, as of an instrument of labor; as, to put the hand to the plow; hence, to engage in (any task or affair); as, to put one's hand to the work. (b) To take or seize, as in theft . "He hath not put his hand unto his neighbor's goods." Ex. xxii. 11.
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To put the hand unto

  • to steal. Ex. xxii. 8.
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To set the hand to

  • to engage in; to undertake.
    That the Lord thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to. Deut. xxiii. 20.
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To shake hands

  • to perform the customary act of civility by clasping and moving hands, as an expression of greeting, farewell, good will, agreement, etc.
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To stand in hand

  • to conduce to one's interest; to be serviceable or advantageous.
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To stand one in hand

  • to concern or affect one.
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To strike hands

  • to make a contract, or to become surety for another's debt or good behavior.
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To strike hands with

  • . (a) To shake hands with . Halliwell. (b) To make a compact or agreement with; to agree with.
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To take in hand

  • . (a) To attempt or undertake . (b) To seize and deal with; as, he took him in hand.
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To turn one's hand to

  • to adapt or apply one's self to; to engage in.
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To wash the hands of

  • to disclaim or renounce interest in, or responsibility for, a person or action; as, to wash one's hands of a business. Matt. xxvii. 25.
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two-hand

Two"-hand` adjective
Definitions
  1. Employing two hangs; as, the two-hand alphabet. See Dactylology.
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two-handed

  • adjective equally skillful with each hand
    ambidextrous.
    • an ambidextrous surgeon
  • adjective satellite requiring two hands or designed for two people
    bimanual.
    • a two-handed sledgehammer
    • a two-handed crosscut saw
    • a machine designed for bimanual operation
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Two"-hand`ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Having two hands; -- often used as an epithet equivalent to large, stout, strong, or powerful. "Two-handed sway." Milton.
  2. Used with both hands; as, a two-nanded sword.
    That two-handed engine [the sword]. Milton.
  3. Using either hand equally well; ambidextrous.
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two-handed backhand

  • noun a backhand shot made holding the racquet in both hands
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two-handed saw

  • noun a saw with handles at both ends; intended for use by two people
    lumberman's saw; whipsaw; two-man saw.
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Under the hand of

  • authenticated by the handwriting or signature of; as, the deed is executed under the hand and seal of the owner.
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upper hand

  • noun position of advantage and control
    upper hand.
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wash one's hands

  • verb to absolve oneself of responsibility or future blame
    • I wash my hands of this
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wash-hand basin

  • noun a basin for washing the hands (`wash-hand basin' is a British expression)
    washbasin; washbowl; lavabo; handbasin.
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wash-hand stand

  • noun furniture consisting of a table or stand to hold a basin and pitcher of water for washing: `wash-hand stand' is a British term
    washstand.
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Whip hand

  • noun position of advantage and control
    upper hand.
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  • the hand with which the whip is used; hence, advantage; mastery; as, to have or get the whip hand of a person. Dryden.
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wing-handed

Wing"-hand`ed adjective
Definitions
  1. (Zoöl.) Having the anterior limbs or hands adapted for flight, as the bats and pterodactyls.
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With a high hand

  • . (a) With power; in force; triumphantly. "The children of Israel went out with a high hand." Ex. xiv. 8.(b) In an overbearing manner, arbitrarily. "They governed the city with a high hand." Jowett (Thucyd. ).
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