Your hands are the parts of your body at the end of your arms. Each hand has four fingers and a thumb.
do not touch or interfere
Hands-on experience or work involves actually doing a particular thing, rather than just talking about it or getting someone else to do it.
raise the hands above the level of the shoulders, an order usually given by an armed robber to a victim, etc
freedom from guilt
without effort ; easily
A hands-free phone or other device can be used without being held in your hand .
If two people are holding hands, they are holding each other's nearest hand, usually while they are walking or sitting together . People often do this to show their affection for each other.
a movement in modern dance in which a performer shakes both hands rapidly with the palms facing forwards and the fingers extended
to hold one's own hands together
to clasp hands in greeting, agreement, etc
if something changes hands, one person or organization gets it from another, usually by buying it
hands, esp. of one who does housework, that are red and rough, as from washing dishes and exposure to strong cleaning agents
to show agreement by clasping hands
lay hands on:
to seize or get possession of
in good hands:
in protective care
in safe hands:
being cared for by a competent person or organization and therefore not likely to be harmed or damaged
off your hands:
if someone or something is off your hands, you are no longer responsible for them, because another person has taken responsibility for them instead of you
on one's hands:
for which one is responsible
on your hands:
if you have a problem or task on your hands, you have to deal with it
show of hands:
If a question is decided by a show of hands, people vote on it by raising their hands to indicate whether they vote yes or no.
to shake hands:
If you shake hands with someone, you take their right hand in your own for a few moments, often moving it up and down slightly, when you are saying hello or goodbye to them, congratulating them, or agreeing on something. You can also say that two people shake hands .
win hands down:
to win a contest easily
If you hand in something such as homework or something that you have found, you give it to a teacher, police officer, or other person in authority.
If you hand something on, you give it or transfer it to another person, often someone who replaces you.
at the hands of:
If someone experiences a particular kind of treatment, especially unpleasant treatment, at the hands of a person or organization, they receive it from them.
in someone's hands:
in someone's possession or under their control
off one's hands:
for which one is no longer responsible
sully your hands:
to do something that you find unpleasant or distasteful to do
to change hands:
When something changes hands, its ownership changes, usually because it is sold to someone else.
wash one's hands:
to go to the lavatory
with clean hands:
without guilt ; as an innocent person
wring one's hands:
If someone wrings their hands, they hold them together and twist and turn them, usually because they are very worried or upset about something. You can also say that someone is wringing their hands when they are expressing sorrow that a situation is so bad but are saying that they are unable to change it.
the hand that holds the bow in archery or in playing a violin, cello, etc.
a deformity of the hand, analogous to club foot
In British English, if you are a dab hand at something, you are very good at doing it.
You can refer to the dead hand of a particular thing when that thing has a bad or depressing influence on a particular situation.
a seaman assigned various duties, such as mooring and cargo handling, on the deck of a ship
A farmhand is a person who is employed to work on a farm.
a person who works on a farm, esp. a hired worker ; hired hand
unrestricted freedom to act (esp in the phrase give ( someone ) a free hand )
a welcoming hand
If you hand back something that you have borrowed or taken from someone, you return it to them.
If you hand down something such as knowledge, a possession, or a skill, you give or leave it to people who belong to a younger generation.
If you hand things out to people, you give one or more to each person in a group.
If you hand something over to someone, you pass it to them.
→ to rule sb with a high hand
the pointer on a timepiece that indicates the hour
harsh or rigorous control; overbearing or autocratic force
(in card games such as euchre ) an independent player or hand played without a partner