hold somebody'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.
See also: hand, hold

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.
See also: hand, hold
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