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dead hand

noun, Law.
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  • He was filled with an ambition to be a political power, as his father had been, and the dead hand brought him the place.

    The Candidate Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • That thought was like the sweeping of a dead hand across his face.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • We found one who in his dying agony had evidently taken from his pocket a letter which now lay a sodden mass in his dead hand.

    The Note-Book of an Attache Eric Fisher Wood
  • God forbid that I should have lived too long under the grasp of a dead hand.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • A dead hand grasped his heart and the same dead hand grasped hers.

    The Chalice Of Courage Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Here I can turn my back on Diversity and see where its dead hand cannot reach.

    Sudden Jim Clarence Budington Kelland
  • He sits up so as to catch the hand which is pulling at the clothes, and I take care that he should get hold of the dead hand.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • The part, forsooth, is to be rubbed with the dead hand for some time.

  • For twenty-one years after his generation has passed away, his dead hand may rule the wealth which its living skill amassed.

  • The dark cloud that separated them took the form of a dead hand.

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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