by a show of hands

by a show of hands

Based on a visual representation of interest (indicated by people raising their hands). Class, we'll decide what to do at recess by a show of hands. Who wants to play tag?
See also: by, hand, of, show
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by a show of hands

[of a vote taken] expressed by people raising their hands. We were asked to vote for the candidates for captain by a show of hands. Bob wanted us to vote on paper, not by a show of hands, so that we could have a secret ballot.
See also: by, hand, of, show
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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