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show of hands

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noun
  1. an indication of approval, disapproval, volunteering, etc., on the part of a group of persons, usually made by each assenting person raising his or her hand.
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British Dictionary definitions for show of hands

show of hands

noun
  1. the raising of hands to indicate voting for or against a proposition
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Idioms and Phrases with show of hands

show of hands

An informal vote made by participants holding up one hand each to indicate a choice, as in Let's have a show of hands—how many want the next meeting on a Sunday? [Late 1700s]

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