hold (one's) hand

hold (one's) hand

1. Literally, to grasp one's hand and continue holding it, as a show of affection, often while walking together or sitting next to each other. I think it's so sweet how Jenny holds Tim's hand when they walk into school.
2. To comfort or support one when they are frightened, anxious, or distressed. I know you're worried about giving your speech, but I'll be there to hold your hand.
3. To carefully guide one through something; to make something very easy for one. Thank you, but I can figure these problems out myself without you holding my hand. The video game is brutally difficult, and it doesn't hold the player's hand at any point.
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hold someone's hand

 
1. Lit. to hold the hand of someone who is frightened, especially a child. Please hold Jimmy's hand when you cross the street.
2. Fig. to comfort someone who is anxious or frightened. You'll be all right, won't you? You don't need anyone to hold your hand, do you?
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hold someone's hand

If you hold someone's hand in an unfamiliar or difficult situation, you help and support them. Tony will hold your hand through the sale, deal with offers and advise on particulars. I'll support him up to a point but I can't hold his hand forever. Note: People sometimes use the expression hand-holding to refer to the act of helping and supporting someone. If you expect lots of hand-holding because you're just starting out as an investor, you're probably better off paying a flat fee.
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hold someone's hand

give a person comfort, guidance, or moral support in a sad or difficult situation.
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hold somebody’s ˈhand

give somebody help, comfort, support, etc. in a difficult situation: Industry cannot expect the government to hold its hand every time it has problems.This is Jane’s first day in the office, so I’ve asked Mary to hold her hand a bit.
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