lift (one's) hand against (someone)

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lift (one's) hand against (someone)

To punch or slap someone, or threaten to do so. It's a pathetic, cowardly man who would lift his hand against his own child. Times have changed, and teachers should never lift their hands against their students anymore.
See also: hand, lift
References in classic literature ?
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.