[hænd] noun I
1) [C] the part of your body at the end of each arm that you use for holding things
Mrs Bennet put her hands over her ears to shut out the noise.[/ex]
The park was full of young couples holding hands (= holding each other's hands).[/ex]
The two men introduced themselves and shook hands.[/ex]
He was holding a mug of coffee in his left hand.[/ex]
2) [singular] help
Would you like a hand with the cleaning up?[/ex]
Lydia lent a hand (= helped) with the costumes.[/ex]
Can you give me a hand (= help me) with these boxes?[/ex]
3) [singular] informal
the advantages that you have in a situation
Everything depends on how the company plays its hand (= uses its advantages).[/ex]
The trick is not to show your hand too early (= let an opponent know what your advantages are).[/ex]
4) [C] the hands on a clock are the long parts that move round and show the time
5) [C] the cards that have been given to you in a game of cards
6) [singular] if people give someone a hand, they CLAP their hands to show that they have enjoyed a performance
at hand — quite close to you and easy to reach[/ex]
Help is always at hand if you need it.[/ex]
I always keep my calculator close at hand.[/ex]
by hand — 1) using your hands rather than a machine; 2) if a letter is delivered by hand, it is not delivered by the post service[/ex]
first/second/third hand — if you experience something first hand, you experience it yourself. If you experience something second hand or third hand, someone else tells you about it.[/ex]
get/lay your hands on sth — to manage to obtain something[/ex]
I couldn't lay my hands on a copy of the book.[/ex]
go hand in hand — to happen or exist together[/ex]
hands offspoken used for telling someone not to touch or take something[/ex]
hands upspoken 1) used for asking people to tell you if they know the answer to a question; 2) used for asking people to tell you if they want something[/ex]
have a hand in sth — to help to make something happen[/ex]
have your hands full — to be extremely busy[/ex]
in hand — if something is in hand, you are dealing with it[/ex]
in sb's hands — if something is in someone's hands, they are responsible for it[/ex]
I knew that the dog was in safe hands with my parents.[/ex]
keep your hands offinformal to not touch someone or something[/ex]
off your hands — if something is off your hands, you are no longer responsible for it[/ex]
on hand — 1) if someone is on hand, they are available to help you if you need them; 2) if something is on hand, it is available to be used[/ex]
on the one hand ... on the other hand — used for giving two different opinions about something[/ex]
out of hand — not well controlled[/ex]
We decided to leave before things got out of hand.[/ex]
out of your hands — if something is out of your hands, someone else is now responsible for it[/ex]
take/get your hands offinformal to stop touching someone or something[/ex]
to handBritish near where you are and therefore available to use[/ex]
force II
verb [T]
hand */*/[hænd]
to give something to someone by holding it in your hand and offering it to them
Talbot handed the paper to the man.[/ex]
Sarah handed me an envelope.[/ex]
- hand sth back
- hand sth down
- hand sth in
- hand sth out
- hand sb over
- hand sth over

Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.

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