a hand's turn

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a hand's turn

Any amount of work. Often used in a negative construction to indicate no work at all. You haven't done a hand's turn since you moved in, so it's your job to clean the whole house this weekend! We won't do a hand's turn until we're given a pay raise.
See also: turn

a hand's turn

a stroke of work. informal
1982 Rodney Hall Just Relations Rich was she? A wallowing pig in jewels and wicked money she never did a hand's turn to earn for herself?
See also: turn
References in classic literature ?
Not till long afterward did Polly see how much good this little effort had done her, for the first small sacrifice of this sort leads the way to others, and a single hand's turn given heartily to the world's great work helps one amazingly with one's own small tasks.
But then, as she's never done a hand's turn since she left uni 10 years ago, I suppose it would be too much of a shock to her.
How does a man who has never done a hand's turn in his puff afford designer labels?