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hold (one's) hand

1. To comfort or support someone when they are frightened, anxious, or distressed. I know you're worried about giving your speech, but I'll be there to hold your hand.
2. To carefully guide someone through something; to make something very easy for someone. Thank you, but I can figure these problems out myself without you holding my hand. The video game is brutally difficult, and it doesn't hold the player's hand at any point.
See also: hand, hold

hold someone's hand

1. Lit. to hold the hand of someone who is frightened, especially a child. Please hold Jimmy's hand when you cross the street.
2. Fig. to comfort someone who is anxious or frightened. You'll be all right, won't you? You don't need anyone to hold your hand, do you?
See also: hand, hold
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We were quiet for a while, and someone suggested we should hold hands and pray.
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It is not a prayer posture for me--I hold hands to play games.