A direction or order to hold one's hands high, as in Hands up or I'll shoot! This imperative is used by police officers and criminals so that they can see if someone is holding a weapon. [Second half of 1800s]
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How to use hands up in a sentence
After the Thursday prayer, the crowd of Congressional staff and lawmakers posed in the iconic, "hands up, Don't Shoot" pose.Capitol Hill's Black Staffers Walk Out to Say ‘Hands Up, Don't Shoot!’ | Tim Mak | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The pathologists suggested at a press conference on Monday that Brown might have been shot while surrendering with his hands up.If Ferguson P.D. Is Too Broke to Buy Body Cameras, Let’s Do It For Them | Michael Daly | August 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Thankfully I got my hands up in time so I broke the windshield with my elbows instead of my face.Joseph Gordon-Levitt on ‘Sin City’ and Why He Considers Himself a Male Feminist | Marlow Stern | August 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He runs his hands up and down my hips then jerks me forward pressing his mouth against my belly.‘Fifty Shades Freed’: 11 Naughty Bits From the E.L. James Novel | Lizzie Crocker | May 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Instead, try running your hands up and down your partner's back.
As the bright glow of a little cascade of sparks pierced the darkness, a voice in our rear called sharply: "hands up!"Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Use in packing a plank or board, placing it against the front of the tier and bring the ends of the hands up against it.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
"You'd better keep those hands up," he went on quickly, as he saw the two rascals making a move as if to start something.The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle | Laura Lee Hope
All at once I saw my comrade throw his hands up with a spasmodic gesture.Campaign Pictures of the War in South Africa (1899-1900) | A. G. Hales
At two o'clock in the morning came the welcome order, "All hands up anchor!"Stories of Our Naval Heroes | Various