lift a hand

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lift a hand

To help with something. Often used in the negative to indicate a lack of willingness to exert even the bare minimum of effort. I know you're watching TV, but can you perhaps lift a hand and help me bring in these grocery bags? I clean every weekend, and you never lift a hand to help!
See also: hand, lift

lift a hand (against someone or something)

 and raise a hand (against someone or something)
Fig. to threaten (to strike) someone or something. (Often in the negative. The a hand can be replaced with one's hand.) She's very peaceful. She wouldn't lift a hand against a fly. Would you raise your hand against your own brother?
See also: hand, lift
References in classic literature ?
You percave the little spalpeen is summat down in the mouth, and wears his lift hand in a sling, and it's for that same thing, by yur lave, that I'm going to give you the good rason.
And that's jist the thruth of the rason why he wears his lift hand in a sling.
And it was the nixt mornin', sure, jist as I was making up me mind whither it wouldn't be the purlite thing to sind a bit o' writin' to the widdy by way of a love-litter, when up com'd the delivery servant wid an illigant card, and he tould me that the name on it (for I niver could rade the copperplate printin on account of being lift handed) was all about Mounseer, the Count, A Goose, Look -- aisy, Maiter-di-dauns, and that the houl of the divilish lingo was the spalpeeny long name of the little ould furrener Frinchman as lived over the way.
Like a lioness, when the cook-boy had struck him with a stick to drive him out of the kitchen, had Biddy sprung upon the black, receiving without wince or whimper one straight blow from the stick, and then downing him and mauling him among his pots and pans until dragged (for the first time snarling) away by the unchiding Mister Haggin, who; however, administered sharp words to the cook- boy for daring to lift hand against a four-legged dog belonging to a god.
True, he sent me from his presence, and refused my homage so far I owe him neither favour nor allegiance but I will not lift hand against him.''
"Yea," said young Gamwell, "and I did so look up to thee, and thought thee so above all other men that, I make my vow, had I known who thou wert, I would never have dared to lift hand against thee this day.
No sooner the pistols charged, than ye must climb up into yon bed where ye're handy at the window; and if they lift hand, against the door, ye're to shoot.
'Into it I will go again if Mahbub Ali or the Colonel lift hand or foot against me.
"The good friar belongs to my company and has no authority to lift hands against me.
And Priam answered, "Wife, I will do as you desire me; it is well to lift hands in prayer to Jove, if so be he may have mercy upon me."
For applications using skids and open-bottom containers, the PTH 50S scissor lift hand pallet truck functions as a hand pallet truck and mobile work positioner.
Jog behind seat for review questions (both hands on seat, "quiet feet") Students are only allowed to lift hand to ask or answer questions.
In accordance with the law on the presidential and parliamentary elections, a precinct election commission marks a lift hand thumb of a voter with a special marker and gives a ballot only after this procedure.
Place right hand behind head and lift hand on top of left thigh.