back of one's hand

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the back of (one's) hand

1. A rejection, snub, or rebuke; a display of contempt or scorn for someone or something. She met their accusations with the back of her hand. I give the back of my hand to anyone who says I'm not a good parent.
2. Used to represent one's complete knowledge of or familiarity with something. Usually used after the verb "know." I've read this book so many times, I know it like the back of my hand. You should ask Samantha for directions—she knows this town like the back of her hand.
See also: back, hand, of

back of one's hand

Rejection or contempt, as in Unimpressed with him, she gave the back of her hand to his suggestion. This phrase is usually the object of a verb such as give or show. [Second half of 1700s] Back of the hand similarly means "an insult" in the term back-handed compliment (see under left-handed compliment) but has a quite different meaning in know like the back of one's hand (see under know like a book).
See also: back, hand, of
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Quite detached, almost may I say, I looked on my hand being ground up, knuckle by knuckle, joint by joint, the back of the hand, the wrist, the forearm, all in order slowly and inevitably feeding in.
Be a man...The back of the hand has an eloquent function,' he further said.
Tuck their upper hand under the side of their head so that their head is on the back of the hand.
1 : a stroke in sports played with a racket that is made with the back of the hand turned in the direction in which the hand is moving
The lightweight ring rests on the finger, while the Bluetooth module is worn on the back of the hand or wrist.
This design adds resistance to all muscle groups in the fingers, hands, wrists and forearms for the particular individual motions needed for their sport (not just the back of the hand.) The weight group on the back of the hand is fully adjustable to control the amount of weight and resistance needed for the given athletic movement or plyometric drill.
The court basically slapped him on the back of the hand and told him not to do it again.
The new system heats the entire length of each finger as well as the back of the hand. Each glove is powered by a 7.4-volt lithium battery pack that is housed in a zippered pocket on the cuff.
Furthermore, compared to veins in fingers or the back of the hand, palm veins patterns are more complex and stable, offering highly reliable security in combination with high verification accuracy with a false acceptance rate(1) of less than 0.00008% and a false rejection rate(2) of 0.01%.
From the stage, Mr Cooper, who is reportedly from Liverpool, gave his old hometown the back of the hand. Mr Cooper plays a good clarinet, but he should leave social satire to others.
Now pull down and away from the door while turning your hand so that the back of the hand turns to point in the direction of the simulated shot at point of impact.
(The back of the hand is a common place to insert an IV needle.) Half had EMLA on their right hands and ELA-Max on their left.
He kept his cool and after climbing from the stand, he applied pressure to the back of the hand and elevated it while walking the 200 yards out to the logging road.
It reflects not just the notes (corrected where necessary and even "improved"), but also the rehearsal indications by City Ballet personnel--Balanchine, for example, and former Music Director Gordon Boelzner--that evoke, epigrammatically, key moments and characters: "head swings" (Apollo) or "aspirin" (refers to the "headache" step in Serenade, where five girls bring the back of the hand to the forehead) or "Diana foot forward" (from a later score of Concerto Barocco used by Jillana; this entry identifies a step by Diana Adams in the third movement).
A dozen sensors rigged into a golf glove monitor the positions of the wearer's hand and fingers, and a small transmitter on the back of the hand beams those data to a receiver that translates the information into the appropriate letter.