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hand

noun uk   /hænd/ us  

hand noun (BODY PART)

A1 [C] the part of the body at the end of the arm that is used for holding, moving, touching, and feeling things: All their toys are made by hand. I delivered her invitation by hand (= not using the postal service).informal Get your hands off (= stop touching) my bike! He can mend anything - he's so good with his hands. You have to hold my hand when we cross the road. They walked by, holding hands. Hold your fork in your left hand and your knife in your right hand. She sat, pen in hand (= with a pen in her hand), searching for the right words. They can't keep their hands off each other - they never stop kissing and cuddling. "Congratulations!" she said and shook me by the hand/shook my hand/shook hands with me. She took me by the hand and led me into the cave. a hand towel

hand noun (CLOCK/WATCH)

[C] one of the long, thin pieces that point to the numbers on a clock or watch: Does anyone have a watch with a second hand?

hand noun (CARDS)

[C] a (single part of a) game of cards, or the set of cards that a player has in a game: Who's for a hand of poker? You dealt me an appalling hand in that game.

hand noun (HELP)

B1 [S] help with doing something that needs a lot of effort: [+ -ing verb] Would you like a hand carrying those bags? Could you give/lend me a hand with (= help me to move) the table, please? I think Matthew might need a hand with his maths homework. I could really use a hand with these accounts if you could spare a moment.

hand noun (PERSON)

[C] a person who does physical work or is skilled or experienced in something: How many extra hands will we need to help with the harvest? I joined the firm as a factory hand and gradually worked my way up to the top.
See also
[C] a sailor: All hands on deck!

hand noun (CONTROL)

C2 [U] control or responsibility: Things got a little out of hand (= the situation stopped being controlled) at the party and three windows were broken. In my first year at college my drinking got completely out of hand. The police have the situation in hand (= under control). How come there's a problem? I thought you had everything in hand (= arranged and organized). Their youngest child needs taking in hand (= they should start to control her) if you ask me. hands C2 [plural] control or responsibility: I'm worried about confidential information falling into the wrong hands (= being received by people who could use it against us). Are you sure your money's in safe hands? You're in excellent hands with her - she's a very good doctor. Unless I receive a satisfactory response from you within a month I shall put this matter in(to) the hands of (= make it the responsibility of) my solicitor. They're trying to get old stock off their hands by cutting prices. We get Daryl off our hands one evening a week when my mother takes care of him. The court will decide how much money you get - the decision is out of our hands (= is not our responsibility). He's got a real problem on his hands (= he has something difficult to deal with). I don't have enough time on my hands (= I do not have enough time) to work and look after the children.

hand noun (INVOLVEMENT)

[S] involvement in or influence over an event: It is not thought that terrorists had a hand in the explosion.

hand noun (CLAP)

[S] clapping for a performer: So please give a big hand to (= welcome with clapping) your host for the evening, Bill Cronshaw!

hand noun (WRITING)

[S] old use a person's writing: an untidy hand

hand noun (MEASUREMENT)

[C] a unit for measuring the height of a horse up to its shoulder: One hand equals four inches (= 10.16 centimetres).

hand

verb [T] uk   /hænd/ us  
B1 to put something into someone's hand from your own hand: [+ two objects] The waiter smiled politely as he handed me my bill/handed my bill to me. Please read this memo carefully and hand it on (to your colleagues).
(Definition of hand from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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