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hand up

verb phrase

To testify against; betray; RAT ON someone: He said he'd do life before he'd hand up his associates/ This, like the problem of cops refusing to hand up other cops

[1893+; the dated instance is from British schoolboy slang]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • The stranger was bowing very low, putting one hand up to his breast.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • "Now put your hand up an' grip that rope that's hangin' there," commanded Brad.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Presently she put her hand up to her cheek, and held it there a moment.

    The Green Satin Gown Laura E. Richards
  • Then she put her hand up and stroked his cheek and ruffled his hair.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • And he waves his hand up toward Aunt Sophrony's cast-off palace.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln

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