put hands on

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put one's hands on (someone, something, or an animal)

 and lay one's hands on (someone, something, or an animal) 
1. Lit. to place one's hands on someone or an animal. He put his hands on the sick woman and proclaimed her cured. This act of faith healing failed, alas. He laid his hands on the dog and gently felt for broken bones.
2. Fig. to locate and get hold of someone or something. As soon as I can lay my hands on him, I'll get him right over here. I am trying to put my hands on the book you suggested.
3. Fig. to get hold of someone or an animal with punishment or harm as a goal. Just wait till I put my hands on you! When I lay my hands on Ken, he will be sorry he ever lied to me.
See also: hand, on, put