Dead Man's Hand

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Dead Man's Hand

A poker hand consisting of two eights and two aces (all in the black suits) that is seen as symbolic of bad luck because it was the hand "Wild Bill" Hickok (a famed figure on the US frontier) was holding when he was murdered in 1876. Now make sure they don't deal you the Dead Man's Hand!
See also: dead, hand

Dead Man's Hand

A symbol of bad luck. The cards in question were two aces and two eights, all four in the two black suits, that Wild West hero James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickcock reported held in the fatal poker game when he was shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall on August 2, 1876, at Deadwood, South Dakota. History does not reveal what the fifth “kicker” card was, although legend has it as the five, nine, or jack of diamonds.
See also: dead, hand
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Disgusted with the odious spectacle, the youth was turning from the sight, after ordering the corpse to be removed, when the position of one of the dead man's hands struck him.
This, and Allah, are our witnesses," and they pointed to a revolver in the dead man's hand.
He lies under suspicion of having poisoned the stable-boy, he was undoubtedly out in the storm, he was armed with a heavy stick, and his cravat was found in the dead man's hand. I really think we have enough to go before a jury."
You cannot have forgotten the singular knife which was found in the dead man's hand, a knife which certainly no sane man would choose for a weapon.
Benassis' arrival interrupted the discourse of a tall, simply- dressed woman, with thin locks of hair, who held the dead man's hand in hers in a way that spoke eloquently.
They showed up with Phillip's pone and attempted to unlock the device by holding the dead man's hands up so his finger could touch the phone's fingerprint reader. 
The dead man's hands and feet had been bound and at the time it was feared he had possibly been thrown in alive.
In his closing speech, Joseph Mathews, prosecuting, said no defensive injuries were found on the dead man's hands despite the accused's claim of a struggle.