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dead hand

noun, Law.
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  • That thought was like the sweeping of a dead hand across his face.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • God forbid that I should have lived too long under the grasp of a dead hand.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • There is an oath I swore on the dead hand of Philippe de Vilmorin.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • It is so hard to get anything out of the dead hand of medical tradition!

    Medical Essays Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Why should the dead hand of an Augustine or Calvin be exempt from giving its authority?

    The Arena Various
  • The dead hand of Wesley has been stronger than the living hand of any pope.

    Duffels Edward Eggleston
  • Here I can turn my back on Diversity and see where its dead hand cannot reach.

    Sudden Jim Clarence Budington Kelland
  • The part, forsooth, is to be rubbed with the dead hand for some time.

  • Good-by, Nita, and do not forget the oath sworn on the dead hand.

    They Looked and Loved Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
  • Then what do you think of the mate beckoning me with his dead hand to follow him?

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
British Dictionary definitions for dead hand

dead hand

an oppressive or discouraging influence or factor: the dead hand of centralized control
(law) a less common word for mortmain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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