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a hand

1. Applause, often when urged by someone as a show of approval or appreciation for someone else. Let's give our special guest a big hand! Wasn't that a great performance? Let's give them a hand, ladies and gentlemen! The injured athlete got a big hand from the whole stadium as he was carried off the field by the medical team.
2. Help with a task or chore. I heard they put you in charge of organizing the storage closet. Let me know if you need a hand. I hope that someone will give me a hand with these bags—there's no way I'll make it to the fifth floor on my own! A: "Can I give you a hand?" B: "Well, it would be great if you could set the table while I finish cooking."
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An initialism of "have a nice day." Used especially in text messaging and online communications. A: "OK, I'd better get going." B: "Later! HAND!"

hand (one) (something)

1. To pass or give something to someone directly. I took a cupcake and then handed my mom the plate. Hand Ed this envelope, will you? You'll see him before I do.
2. To give or relinquish something to one very easily, without one deserving it or having to work very hard for it. The home team's defense just handed their rivals a victory with that boneheaded move. The government isn't going to just hand us free money. This funding has some very strict criteria that you have to satisfy first.
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hand someone something

Fig. to tell someone something; to tell someone nonsense. Don't hand me that stuff! That's silly! She handed me a line about being a famous author.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
"Straight flush of four, open at both ends--a good drawing hand."
Chilton, you don't mean--you didn't try to get somebody's hand and heart once, like Mr.
So, when we left him, he lay handcuffed hand and foot.
Hereupon Startop took him in hand, though with a much better grace than I had shown, and exhorted him to be a little more agreeable.
The dead jeddak's hands and head were removed to be added to the ornaments of his conqueror, and then his women cremated what remained, amid wild and terrible laughter.
But Neville throws him off, and pauses for an instant, in a raging passion, with the goblet yet in his uplifted hand. Then, he dashes it down under the grate, with such force that the broken splinters fly out again in a shower; and he leaves the house.
"Then shift your pistol to the other hand," said the Persian.
As he held out his hand for the shoe that had been taken from him, Mr.
I was alone again with my earthly fellow-beings--left with no clew to guide me but the remembrance of the child's hand pointing eastward to the distant sea.
At his feet had squatted his three old wives, the oldest of them, toothless and somewhat palsied, ever presenting to his hand, at his head nod, a basket rough-woven of pandanus leaf.
Then I pointed to Chaka with my withered hand, saying, "Behold your king!"
In the midst of the service the voices of the priests suddenly ceased, they whispered to one another, and the old servant who was holding the count's hand got up and said something to the ladies.
Observing this, and how, without another word, he made off, and observing too the resignation of the plaintiff, Sancho buried his head in his bosom and remained for a short space in deep thought, with the forefinger of his right hand on his brow and nose; then he raised his head and bade them call back the old man with the stick, for he had already taken his departure.
He held up his hand, rubbing the ball of the thumb over the calloused palm and gazing at the dirt that was ingrained in the flesh itself and which no brush could scrub away.
Withdrawing my hand when another hand already stretcheth out to it; hesitating like the cascade, which hesitateth even in its leap:--thus do I hunger for wickedness!