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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 fix 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
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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?
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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 wants to play 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.
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[C] a sailor: All hands on deck!

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 uneven 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).
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