raise (one's) hand

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raise (one's) hand

Literally, to hold one's hand in the air. This phrase is typically used in academic settings, as students raise their hands to indicate that they want to answer or ask a question. Don't yell out the answers, raise your hands! I do raise my hand in class, mom, but the teacher never calls on me!
See also: hand, raise
References in classic literature ?
Frequently suspending his employment, and noticing my melancholy eye fixed upon him, he would raise his hand with a gesture expressive of deep commiseration, and then moving towards me slowly, would enter on tip-toes, fearful of disturbing the slumbering natives, and, taking the fan from my hand, would sit before me, swaying it gently to and fro, and gazing earnestly into my face.
Rice was amused to be chosen as chair of the ``ambulance committee'' because he was the first to raise his hand to ask a question.
For example, on the Taliban site, terrorists could have a guy in a picture raise his hand to relay a message.
You know how kids can be; you see your friend raise his hand and you don't want to be left out so you raise your hand too.
Simpson, who will raise his hand alongside more than 170 other judges at Saturday's ceremony at the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel, has supported the unified system since before Proposition 220 made it possible.
I saw the quarterback raise his hand and I just broke on the ball,'' Young said.
Galloway shined a flashlight on the intruder's face and ordered him to raise his hands and not move.
The midfielder said: "It was a case of handbags between us - nothing serious but he did raise his hands and the referee followed the rules.
If the 3rd baseman feels that the runner can be picked off by the catcher or pitcher, he should raise his hands as though signalling a touchdown.
The officer draws his own handgun, confronts the suspect at a range of about 10 yards, and orders him to drop his pistol and raise his hands.
Deputies said they continued to order Smith to raise his hands.
As the deputy approached, he ordered Atunez to raise his hands.
Asher said Tuffree placed his handgun on a counter and then raised the weapon when Clark told Tuffree to raise his hands.