raise a hand

raise a hand

(against someone or something) Go to lift a hand (against someone or something).
See also: hand, raise
References in classic literature ?
Winning a way past us before any of us could raise a hand to stay him.
And this hapless Lizaveta was so simple and had been so thoroughly crushed and scared that she did not even raise a hand to guard her face, though that was the most necessary and natural action at the moment, for the axe was raised over her face.