by hand


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by hand

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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by hand

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.
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by hand

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]
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by ˈhand


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 hand

By using the hands; manually.
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