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Using the hands; manually. (As opposed to using a machine.) Back in my day, we had to write out all of our essays by hand! This kind of intricate stitching can only be done by hand.
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made by human hands and handheld tools as opposed to a machine. This fine wooden cabinet was made by hand. I carved this figurine by hand.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
With a hand or hands, manually (as opposed to a machine or some other means). For example, This letter was delivered by hand, or You can make these drawings by hand, but computer graphics are more efficient. [Mid-1500s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1 (of a letter, etc.) if a letter is delivered by hand, it is delivered by the person who wrote it, or by messenger rather than by post: There’s a postal strike on at the moment, so we’ll have to deliver these invitations by hand.
2 made/done without using machinery: Several local farmers still milk their cows by hand. ♢ These wine glasses were made by hand.
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By using the hands; manually.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.