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Translation of "hand" - English-French dictionary

hand

noun /hӕnd/
the part of the body at the end of the arm. main She injured her left hand. People often shake hands when they meet for the first time. a pointer on a clock, watch etc aiguille 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 coup de main Can I lend a hand? Give me a hand with this box, please. a set of playing-cards dealt to a person main, jeu 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 paume a horse of 14 hands. handwriting écriture The note was written in a neat hand. handful noun as much as can be held in one hand poignée a handful of sweets. a small number poignée 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. sac à main handbill noun a small printed notice. prospectus handbook noun a small book giving information about (how to do) something manuel a handbook of European birds a bicycle-repair handbook. handbrake noun (in a car, bus etc) a brake operated by the driver’s hand. frein à main 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 menottes a pair of handcuffs. hand lens noun a magnifying-glass held in the hand. loupe handmade adjective made with a person’s hands or with tools held in the hands, rather than by machines fait à la main handmade furniture. hand-operated adjective actionné à la main 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. poignée de main a firm handshake handstand noun the gymnastic act of balancing one’s body upright in the air with one’s hands on the ground. arbre droit The gymnasts were practising handstands. handwriting noun writing with a pen or pencil écriture Today we will practise handwriting. the way in which a person writes écriture Your handwriting is terrible! handwritten adjective manuscrit The letter was handwritten, not typed. at hand (with closeor near) near tout près The bus station is close at hand. available disponible 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 à la main All our furniture is made by hand. not by post but by a messenger etc par porteur 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. forcer la main (à) I tried to force his hand by reminding him that he’d pormised to help us. get one’s hands on to catch mettre la main sur If I ever get my hands on him, I’ll make him sorry for what he did! to get or obtain trouver, dénicher I’d love to get my hands on a car like that. give/lend a helping hand to help or assist donner un coup de main I’m always ready to give/lend a helping hand. hand down to pass on from one generation to the next transmettre 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 remettre The teacher told the children to hand in their exercise books. hand in hand with one person holding the hand of another la main dans la main The boy and girl were walking along hand in hand Poverty and crime go hand in hand. hand on to give to someone passer à 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 distribuer 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 prospectus You’ll find the diagram on page four of your handout. money, clothes etc given to a very poor person or a beggar. aumône He lives off handouts. hand over to give or pass; to surrender remettre, livrer 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 haut la main 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 impliqué 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 (au) corps-à-corps 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 se tenir par la main 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 disponible We still have $10 in hand. being dealt with bien en main 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 garder la main 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 qui n’est plus à la charge de You’ll be glad to get the children off your hands for a couple of weeks. on hand near; present; ready for use etc sous la main 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 d’une part… d’autre part 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 incontrôlable 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. (se) serrer la main 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. à main levée The issue was decided by a show of hands. take in hand to look after, discipline or train. prendre en main to hand here; easily reached à portée de (la) main, sous la main All the tools you need are to hand.
(Definition of hand from the Password English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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