EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective thrown or performed with the hand raised over the shoulder; overarm: overhand stroke. with the hand and part or all of the arm raised above the shoulder: to pitch overhand. (in sewing and embroidery) with close, shallow stitches over two edges. adverb Also o·ver·hand·ed. with the hand over the object: to grasp one's fork overhand. noun an overhand stroke, throw, or delivery. Origin of overhand
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Examples from the Web for overhand Historical Examples of overhand
She threw the sticks with the
overhand swing of a boy pitching a ball.
That would be as silly as using an
overhand stab with a dagger.
Pin to the band and
overhand, taking a stitch for each pleat of the gathers. Overhand closely from right to left with short even stitches.
Hold the button with the left hand and
overhand the loop to the cloth. British Dictionary definitions for overhand adjective thrown or performed with the hand raised above the shoulder sewn with thread passing over two edges in one direction adverb with the hand above the shoulder; overarm with shallow stitches passing over two edges verb to sew (two edges) overhand
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Word Origin and History for overhand adv.
1570s, "upside down," from
over- + hand. Sense in tennis, etc., in reference to hand position above that which is gripped, is first recorded 1861. As an adjective, of throws, strokes, or bowls, "done with the hand raised above the shoulder," it is first recorded 1828 (in cricket).
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