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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.
See also: hand, hold

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?
See also: hand, hold
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WARM SILENCE WE walked a mile just you and me Along the beach beside the sea We did not speak we just held hands Inhaled the smell of the salt-washed breeze Set free our minds with the ebbing tide Let the sun kiss our faces - it feels warm and so kind Like the promise of a pleasure that is secret just to us As we walk words have no meaning We just hold hands And know that this mile by the water Speaks the words of the pleasure Captured in the silence Known only to us.
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