a big hand

a big hand

A round of clapping, often as a show of approval or appreciation. Let's welcome our special guest with a big hand! The injured athlete got a big hand from the whole stadium as he was carried off the field by the medical team. Wasn't that a great performance? Give them a big hand, ladies and gentlemen!
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a hand

1. Applause, often when urged by someone as a show of approval or appreciation for someone else. Let's give our special guest a big hand! Wasn't that a great performance? Let's give them a hand, ladies and gentlemen! The injured athlete got a big hand from the whole stadium as he was carried off the field by the medical team.
2. Help with a task or chore. I heard they put you in charge of organizing the storage closet. Let me know if you need a hand. I hope that someone will give me a hand with these bags—there's no way I'll make it to the fifth floor on my own! A: "Can I give you a hand?" B: "Well, it would be great if you could set the table while I finish cooking."
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*big hand (for something)

lots of applause for something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) She got a big hand for singing so well. They always give the acrobats a big hand.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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