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palm (something)

1. To conceal something in the palm of one's hand, as when stealing. When we were kids we used to palm penny candies from the corner store all the time.
2. To receive something discreetly or in secret. It turns out that the governor had been palming percentages of profits from companies she'd given preference to. We're supposed to pool our tips and divide them at the end of the night, but it turns out Daniel had been palming his the whole time.
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palm

tv. to conceal something in the hand as in a theft or the performance of a magic trick; to receive and conceal a tip or a bribe. The kid palmed the candy bar and walked right out of the store.
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The latter dodged behind a palm trunk, counting the shots, and when the eighth had been fired he rushed in on the wounded man.
That seemed to the boys a very odd idea for a man who had never seen a palm in his life.
Just have Sam here, or any of your three, slide in and spike him from the palm.
and to him is given the palm in the middle-class of speech' is just, but is liable to give a wrong impression.
I'll have the palm of me hand investigated by the wonderful palmist of the Nile, and see if what is to be will be.
Sure, 'tis no beauty, but ye hold the palm of me hand.
Ye should know," says he, "I'm working out the salvation promised by the lines in me palm.
And that's what I'm doing," says I, "for, in my opinion, there's no fortune to be read from the palm of me hand that wasn't printed there with the handle of a pick.
Sure, now, I would be thinking the palm of me hand lied but for the coming true of the nigger man and the blonde lady and--"
At one time he stooped so low as almost to touch the ground; at another he drew himself up and attentively examined the wall; then he looked into the palm of one of his hands, and walked away with rapid strides.
What he was continually looking at in the palm of his right hand was nothing but his watch, the minute hand of which he appeared to be noting intently.
Sabin from his seat behind a gigantic palm watched her egress from the supper-room with a little group of friends.
As a mortal equally with myself, whose hand I take in mine for the first time this day, having unaccountably overlooked that act so full of boundless confidence binding a fellow-creetur TO a fellow creetur,' says Wegg, holding Mr Venus's palm out, flat and ready for smiting, and now smiting it; 'as such--and no other--for I scorn all lowlier ties betwixt myself and the man walking with his face erect that alone I call my Twin--regarded and regarding in this trustful bond--what do you think he might have hid?
As one that was ever an ornament to human life,' says Mr Wegg, again holding out Mr Venus's palm as if he were going to tell his fortune by chiromancy, and holding his own up ready for smiting it when the time should come; 'as one that the poet might have had his eye on, in writing the national naval words:
The palm of Silas Wegg descends with a sounding smack upon the palm of Venus, and Wegg lavishly exclaims, 'Twin in opinion equally with feeling