pair of hands

a pair of hands

A person who is able to do some kind of task, especially physical work. We'll need another pair of hands to life this down the stairs; it's too heavy to do it on our own. If you need a pair of hands to help out, just let me know.
See also: hand, of, pair

pair of hands

a person seen in terms of their participation in a task.
See also: hand, of, pair
References in classic literature ?
But certain cows will show a fondness for a particular pair of hands, sometimes carrying this predilection so far as to refuse to stand at all except to their favourite, the pail of a stranger being unceremoniously kicked over.
Reed, and had thrust me upon a stool: my impulse was to rise from it like a spring; their two pair of hands arrested me instantly.
On this particular occasion there were drying clothes to be fetched in; she wished to know if one pair of hands could do everything in-doors and out, and observed that
There was a locket on her neck, earrings tinkling in her ears, watch and chain at her belt, and several rings on a pair of hands that would have been improved by soap and water.
I had been now thirteen days on shore, and had been eleven times on board the ship, in which time I had brought away all that one pair of hands could well be supposed capable to bring; though I believe verily, had the calm weather held, I should have brought away the whole ship, piece by piece.
Pc Jeffery was sent to his aid, but needed an extra pair of hands to help her lift the man back up.
Gray, now a television pundit in the Middle East, believes Pellegrini would be a good appointment - but regards Moyes as a safe pair of hands to begin Farhad Moshiri's new era.
He is that - a safe pair of hands and he's brought that into the club.
Illness at the top of the ruling family left Sheikh Sabah as the de facto policymaker for years before he became emir, chosen as an experienced pair of hands.
He is a white, slim, tanned, 6ft 1ins tall, and he has tattoos on the back of his head of a pair of hands and a rose.
Apprenticeship hub manager Torin Spence said: "New skills, fresh talent and an extra pair of hands to help a business meet its needs are just some of the benefits of taking on an apprentice.
I don't know whether Burton Albion goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson has a safe pair of hands.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, billed as a safe pair of hands, is butterfingers.
On August 1, 2012, after being passed by both the House and Senate, Michigan House Bill 4718, known as the "Second Pair of Hands," became a Public Act.
But while it's always interesting to see how a newcomer fares in the chair - watch out for Tony Blair's former Director of Communications and Strategy Alastair Campbell, who will be making his debut later on in the series - there's also something to be said for knowing the show is in the command of a safe pair of hands, which may be why some people get asked back more than others.