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/ hændz /

plural noun

  1. power or keeping

    your welfare is in his hands

  2. Also calledhandling soccer the infringement of touching the ball with any part of the hand or arm
  3. change hands
    to pass from the possession of one person or group to another
  4. clean hands
    freedom from guilt
  5. hands down
    without effort; easily
  6. hands off
    do not touch or interfere
  7. hands up!
    raise the hands above the level of the shoulders, an order usually given by an armed robber to a victim, etc
  8. have one's hands full
    1. to be completely occupied
    2. to be beset with problems
  9. have one's hands tied
    to be wholly unable to act
  10. in good hands
    in protective care
  11. join hands
    See join
  12. lay hands on or lay hands upon
    1. to seize or get possession of
    2. to beat up; assault
    3. to find

      I just can't lay my hands on it anywhere

    4. Christianity to confirm or ordain by the imposition of hands
  13. off one's hands
    for which one is no longer responsible
  14. on one's hands
    1. for which one is responsible

      I've got too much on my hands to help

    2. to spare

      time on my hands

  15. out of one's hands
    no longer one's responsibility
  16. throw up one's hands
    to give up in despair
  17. wash one's hands of
    to have nothing more to do with



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  1. HandsTerence David1941MBritishTHEATRE: theatre director Terence David, known as Terry. born 1941, British theatre director: chief executive and artistic director (1986–91) of the Royal Shakespeare Company

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Example Sentences

“We all shook hands and my client told me to leave,” he said.

My body used for his hard pleasure; a stone god gripping me in his hands.

An ace comedic turn that, in lesser hands, would come off as one-note.

Inevitably, the old visceral “hands-on” flying skills, no longer much employed by pilots, have atrophied like an unused limb.

Hands-down the best music video in years—and one of the best ever.

With a suffocating gasp, she fell back into the chair on which she sat, and covered her face with her hands.

She sat straight up in bed, and jerked her hands to her head, and screamed long and terribly.

He reached forward and took her hands, and if Mrs. Vivian had come in she would have seen him kneeling at her daughter's feet.

He burst into a loud laugh, clapped his hands, and danced before the delighted babe.

Turn away from sin and order thy hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all offence.


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