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.

(Translation of “hand” from the PASSWORD English–French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)