ask (someone) for (one's) hand

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ask (someone) for (one's) hand

To request permission to marry someone, as from their father or family. Please tell me that you asked my father for my hand before you proposed to me.
See also: ask, hand

ask for/win somebody’s hand

(old-fashioned) ask for/get permission to marry somebody: ‘Did John ask your father for your hand?’ ‘No. Nobody does that any more, do they?’
See also: ask, hand, win
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Low-speed color film, exposed or unexposed - NOT safe in CHECKED baggage; ask for hand inspection if the film has had five previous trips through scanners, otherwise safe in carry-ons
High-speed (greater than ISO 800) color film - NOT safe in EITHER checked or carry-on baggage; ALWAYS ask for hand inspection
Black-and-white film, any speed, exposed or unexposed - NOT safe in EITHER checked or carry-on baggage; ALWAYS ask for hand inspection
Motion picture film, exposed or unexposed -- NOT safe in EITHER checked or carry-on baggage; ALWAYS ask for hand inspection
Additionally, black-and-white film and motion picture film, of any speed, are vulnerable to damage even on their very first scans, so travelers with these items should always ask for hand inspection.