lift/raise a hand against somebody
raise a hand against (one)
To strike one or threaten to do so. It's a pathetic, cowardly man who would raise a hand against a child. Times have changed, and teachers never raise a hand against their students anymore.
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raise a hand against
Also, lift one's hand against. Threaten to hit or actually hit, as in She's never raised a hand against the children. [First half of 1500s]
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lift/raise a ˈhand against somebodyto hit or threaten to hit somebody: She never raised a hand against her daughter because she didn’t believe in hitting children.
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