give a hand(redirected from give a big hand)
give somebody a handalso give a hand to somebody
to help someone If you have any trouble with your homework, I'll be glad to give you a hand. She tries to give a hand to those in need of help.
give somebody a hand
to help someone do something, especially something that involves physical effort (often + with ) Could you give me a hand with these boxes, Mike? Let me know when you're moving and I'll give you a hand.
give a hand
1. Also, lend a hand. Help a person, as in Let me give you a hand with those chairs, or Jane is always willing to lend a hand with refreshments. [Mid-1800s]
2. Also, give a big hand. Give an enthusiastic round of applause, as in Please give her a hand. One can also be given applause or get a big hand, as in This speaker always gets a big hand. [Early 1800s]