French translation of “hand”
hand noun /hӕnd/
› the part of the body at the end of the arm.
She injured her left hand. People often shake hands when they meet for the first time. › a pointer on a clock, watch etc
Clocks usually have an hour hand and a minute hand. › a person employed as a helper, crew member etc
ouvrier, ière, membre de l’équipage
a farm hand All hands on deck! › help; assistance
Can I lend a hand? Give me a hand with this box, please. › a set of playing-cards dealt to a person
I had a very good hand so I thought I had a chance of winning. › a measure (approximately centimetres) used for measuring the height of horses
a horse of 14 hands. › handwriting
The note was written in a neat hand. handful noun › as much as can be held in one hand
a handful of sweets. › a small number
Only a handful of people came to the meeting. › a person etc difficult to control
(personne) qui donne du fil à retordre
Her three children are a (bit of a) handful. handbag noun › (American usually purse) a small bag carried by women, for personal belongings.
handbill noun › a small printed notice.
handbook noun › a small book giving information about (how to do) something
a handbook of European birds a bicycle-repair handbook. handbrake noun › (in a car, bus etc) a brake operated by the driver’s hand.
handcuff verb › to put handcuffs on (a person)
passer les menottes à
The police handcuffed the criminal. handcuffs noun plural › steel rings, joined by a short chain, put round the wrists of prisoners
a pair of handcuffs. hand lens noun › a magnifying-glass held in the hand.
handmade adjective › made with a person’s hands or with tools held in the hands, rather than by machines
handmade furniture. hand-operated adjective ›
a hand-operated drill. hand-picked adjective › chosen very carefully
trié sur le volet
a hand-picked team of workers. handshake noun › the act of grasping (a person’s) hand eg as a greeting.
a firm handshake handstand noun › the gymnastic act of balancing one’s body upright in the air with one’s hands on the ground.
The gymnasts were practising handstands. handwriting noun › writing with a pen or pencil
Today we will practise handwriting. › the way in which a person writes
Your handwriting is terrible! handwritten adjective ›
The letter was handwritten, not typed. at hand › (with closeor near) near
The bus station is close at hand. › available
Help is at hand. at the hands of › from, or by the action of
entre les mains de
He received very rough treatment at the hands of the kidnappers. be hand in glove (with someone) › to be very closely associated with someone, especially for a bad purpose.
être de mèche avec
The mafia chief was hand in glove with a number of corrupt police officials. by hand › with a person’s hand or tools held in the hands, rather than with machinery
All our furniture is made by hand. › not by post but by a messenger etc
This parcel was delivered by hand. fall into the hands (of someone) › to be caught, found, captured etc by someone
tomber entre les mains de
He fell into the hands of bandits The documents fell into the wrong hands (= were found, captured etc by someone who was not supposed to see them). force someone’s hand › to force someone to do something either which he or she does not want to do or sooner than he or she wants to do it.
I tried to force his hand by reminding him that he’d pormised to help us. get one’s hands on › to catch
If I ever get my hands on him, I’ll make him sorry for what he did! › to get or obtain
I’d love to get my hands on a car like that. give/lend a helping hand › to help or assist
I’m always ready to give/lend a helping hand. hand down › to pass on from one generation to the next
These customs have been handed down from father to son since the Middle Ages. hand in › to give or bring to a person, place etc
The teacher told the children to hand in their exercise books. hand in hand › with one person holding the hand of another
The boy and girl were walking along hand in hand Poverty and crime go hand in hand. hand on › to give to someone
When you have finished reading these notes, hand them on to someone else in the class. hand out › to give to several people; to distribute
The teacher handed out books to all the pupils They were handing out leaflets in the street. handout noun › a leaflet or a copy of a piece of paper with information given to students in class, distributed at a meeting etc
You’ll find the diagram on page four of your handout. › money, clothes etc given to a very poor person or a beggar.
He lives off handouts. hand over › to give or pass; to surrender
We know you have the jewels, so hand them over They handed the thief over to the police. hand over fist › in large amounts, usually quickly
comme de l’eau
He’s making money hand over fist. hands down › very easily
You’ll win hands down. hands off! › do not touch!
bas les pattes!
Those chocolates are mine. Hands off! hands-on adjective › practical; involving active participation
We’re looking for someone who has hands-on experience with computers. hands up! › raise your hands above your head
haut les mains!
‘Hands up!’ shouted the gunman. hand to hand › with one individual fighting another at close quarters
The soldiers fought the enemy hand to hand hand-to-hand fighting. have a hand in (something) › to be one of the people who have caused, done etc (something)
être pour qqch. dans
Did you have a hand in the building of this boat / in the success of the project? have/get/gain the upper hand › to (begin to) win, beat the enemy etc
prendre l’avantage/le dessus (sur)
The enemy made a fierce attack, but failed to get the upper hand. hold hands (with someone) › to be hand in hand with someone
The boy and girl walked along holding hands (with each other). in good hands › receiving care and attention
en bonnes mains
The patient is in good hands. in hand › not used etc; remaining
We still have $10 in hand. › being dealt with
We have received your complaint and the matter is now in hand. in the hands of › being dealt with by
entre les mains de
This matter is now in the hands of my solicitor. keep one’s hand in › to remain good or skilful at doing something by doing it occasionally
I still sometimes play a game of billiards, just to keep my hand in. off one’s hands › no longer needing to be looked after etc
You’ll be glad to get the children off your hands for a couple of weeks. on hand › near; present; ready for use etc
We always keep some candles on hand in case there’s a power failure. (on the one hand) … on the other hand › an expression used to introduce two opposing parts of an argument etc
On the one hand, cars are extremely useful for getting around. On the other hand, they cause a lot of pollution. out of hand › unable to be controlled
The angry crowd was getting out of hand. shake hands with (someone) / shake someone’s hand › to grasp a person’s (usually right) hand, in one’s own (usually right) hand, as a form of greeting, as a sign of agreement etc.
The two leaders shook hands and posed for the cameras. a show of hands › at a meeting, debate etc, a vote expressed by people raising their hands.
The issue was decided by a show of hands. take in hand › to look after, discipline or train.
to hand › here; easily reached
All the tools you need are to hand.