Nearby words

  1. hanbali,
  2. hance,
  3. hancock,
  4. hancock, john,
  5. hancock, winfield scott,
  6. hand and foot,
  7. hand ax,
  8. hand bell,
  9. hand brake,
  10. hand down


Origin of hand

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch, German Hand, Old Norse hǫnd, Gothic handus

Related formshand·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hand-out

British Dictionary definitions for hand-out


noun plural hand-outs

clothing, food, or money given to a needy person
a leaflet, free sample, etc, given out to publicize something
a statement or other document distributed to the press or an audience to confirm, supplement, or replace an oral presentation

verb hand out (tr, adverb)

to distribute


abbreviation for

have a nice day



  1. the prehensile part of the body at the end of the arm, consisting of a thumb, four fingers, and a palm
  2. the bones of this partRelated adjective: manual
the corresponding or similar part in animals
something resembling this in shape or function
  1. the cards dealt to one or all players in one round of a card game
  2. a player holding such cards
  3. one round of a card game
agency or influencethe hand of God
a part in something donehe had a hand in the victory
assistanceto give someone a hand with his work
a pointer on a dial, indicator, or gauge, esp on a clockthe minute hand
acceptance or pledge of partnership, as in marriagehe asked for her hand; he gave me his hand on the merger
a position or direction indicated by its location to the side of an object or the observeron the right hand; on every hand
a contrastive aspect, condition, etc (in the phrases on the one hand, on the other hand)
(preceded by an ordinal number) source or origina story heard at third hand
a person, esp one who creates somethinga good hand at painting
a labourer or manual workerwe've just taken on a new hand at the farm
a member of a ship's crewall hands on deck
printing another name for index (def. 9)
a person's handwritingthe letter was in his own hand
a round of applausegive him a hand
ability or skilla hand for woodwork
a manner or characteristic way of doing somethingthe hand of a master
a unit of length measurement equalling four inches, used for measuring the height of horses, usually from the front hoof to the withers
a cluster or bundle, esp of bananas
a shoulder of pork
one of the two possible mirror-image forms of an asymmetric object, such as the direction of the helix in a screw thread
a free hand freedom to do as desired
a hand's turn (usually used with a negative) a small amount of workhe hasn't done a hand's turn
a heavy hand tyranny, persecution, or oppressionhe ruled with a heavy hand
a high hand an oppressive or dictatorial manner
at hand or near at hand very near or close, esp in time
at someone's hand or at someone's hands fromthe acts of kindness received at their hands
by hand
  1. by manual rather than mechanical means
  2. by messenger or personallythe letter was delivered by hand
come to hand to become available; be received
force someone's hand to force someone to act
from hand to hand from one person to another
from hand to mouth
  1. in povertyliving from hand to mouth
  2. without preparation or planning
hand and foot in all ways possible; completelythey waited on him hand and foot
hand in glove in an intimate relationship or close association
hand in hand
  1. together; jointly
  2. clasping each other's hands
hand over fist steadily and quickly; with rapid progresshe makes money hand over fist
hold one's hand to stop or postpone a planned action or punishment
hold someone's hand to support, help, or guide someone, esp by giving sympathy or moral support
in hand
  1. in possession
  2. under control
  3. receiving attention or being acted on
  4. available for use; in reserve
  5. with deferred paymenthe works a week in hand
keep one's hand in to continue or practise
lend a hand to help
on hand close by; presentI'll be on hand to help you
out of hand
  1. beyond control
  2. without reservation or deeper examinationhe condemned him out of hand
set one's hand to
  1. to sign (a document)
  2. to start (a task or undertaking)
show one's hand to reveal one's stand, opinion, or plans
take in hand to discipline; control
throw one's hand in See throw in (def. 3)
to hand accessible
try one's hand to attempt to do something
  1. of or involving the handa hand grenade
  2. made to be carried in or worn on the handhand luggage
  3. operated by handa hand drill
(in combination) made by hand rather than by a machinehand-sewn

verb (tr)

to transmit or offer by the hand or hands
to help or lead with the hand
nautical to furl (a sail)
hand it to someone to give credit to someone

Derived Formshandless, adjectivehandlike, adjective

Word Origin for hand

Old English hand; related to Old Norse hönd, Gothic handus, Old High German hant

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Word Origin and History for hand-out
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Medicine definitions for hand-out




The terminal part of the human arm located below the forearm, used for grasping and holding and consisting of the wrist, palm, four fingers, and an opposable thumb.
A homologous or similar part in other animals.

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Idioms and Phrases with hand-out


In addition to the idioms beginning with hand

  • hand and foot
  • hand down
  • hand in glove
  • hand in hand
  • hand in the till, with one's
  • hand it to
  • handle to one's name
  • handle with gloves
  • hand on
  • hand out
  • hand over
  • hand over fist
  • hand over hand
  • hands are tied
  • hands down
  • hands off
  • hands up
  • hand to hand
  • hand to mouth, from
  • hand to on a silver platter

also see:

  • at first hand
  • at hand
  • at second hand
  • at the hand of
  • back of one's hand
  • bare hands
  • bird in the hand
  • bite the hand that feeds you
  • bound hand and foot
  • by hand
  • catch red-handed
  • change hands
  • clean hands
  • cold hands, warm heart
  • deal in (one a hand)
  • dirty one's hands
  • eat out of someone's hand
  • feed (hand) someone a line
  • force someone's hand
  • free hand
  • from hand to hand
  • give a hand
  • glad hand
  • grease someone's palm (hand)
  • hang heavy on one's hands
  • hat in hand
  • have a hand in
  • have one's hands full
  • heavy hand
  • helping hand
  • in good hands
  • in hand
  • in one's hands
  • in the hands of
  • iron hand
  • keep one's hand in
  • know like a book (the back of one's hand)
  • lay hands on
  • left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing
  • left-handed compliment
  • lend a hand
  • many hands make light work
  • off one's hands
  • on a platter, hand
  • on hand
  • on one's hands
  • on the one hand
  • on the other hand
  • out of control (hand)
  • out of hand
  • play into the hands of
  • putty in someone's hands
  • raise a hand against
  • right-hand man
  • rub one's hands
  • shake hands
  • show of hands
  • show one's hand
  • sit on one's hands
  • sleight of hand
  • take in hand
  • take into one's hands
  • take one's life (in one's hands)
  • take the law into one's hands
  • throw in one's hand
  • throw up one's hands
  • tie one's hands
  • time on one's hands
  • tip one's hand
  • to hand
  • try one's hand
  • turn one's hand to
  • upper hand
  • wait on hand and foot
  • wash one's hands of
  • with one arm (hand) tied
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.