get/lay your hands on something
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get (one's) hands on (something)
To acquire something, usually a physical object. I need to go to the library and get my hands on this book for my research paper. It took years, but I've finally gotten my hands on this very rare Beatles recording! The new toy is so popular that you can't get your hands on it anywhere!
lay (one's) hands on (someone or something)
1. To touch or grasp someone, often with the threat of violence. Oh, once I lay my hands on you, you'll take back what you said!
2. To acquire something, usually a physical object. I need to go to the library and lay my hands on this book for my research paper. It took years, but I've finally laid my hands on this very rare Beatles recording!
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get your hands on somethingor
lay your hands on somethingINFORMAL
COMMON If you get your hands on something you want or need, or lay your hands on it, you succeed in obtaining it. How was he able to get his hands on that money so easily? People seem to be buying up everything they can lay their hands on.
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get/lay your ˈhands on somethingobtain something that you want or need very much: Do you know where I can get my hands on a Russian dictionary? I need to check a translation. ♢ I’d buy a new car if only I could lay my hands on the money.
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