- Archery. the hand that holds the bow, the left hand for right-handed people.
- Music. the hand that draws the bow.
Origin of bow hand
First recorded in 1580–90
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Examples from the Web for bow hand
Played on by ancient maestros until the bow-hand lost its power and the flying fingers stiffened.The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes
It was talked over for many a day, and the general verdict was that the "bow-hand" was a "strapper."McClure's Magazine December, 1895
Edited by Ida M. Tarbell
Abe, having been found faithful and efficient, was employed to accompany the young man as a "bow-hand," to work the "front oars."The Life Of Abraham Lincoln
Ward H. Lamon