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 lift this down the stairs. 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.
At times I needed a dozen pair of hands. I was called a dozen ways in the space of a single minute.
Jeane Freeman was billed as a safe pair of hands when she took over as Health Secretary after her predecessor, Shona Robison, was dogged by crisis.
Flying Nannies were introduced by Etihad Airways in September 2013, and are on-board to provide an extra pair of hands and to allow parents more personal time while they entertain the children.
The basic thing is to take your time and not rush, however desperate you are for that extra pair of hands. Follow a structured recruitment process designed to gain evidence of applicants' strengths and successes.
Used in conjunction with the De Mayo Universal Distractor, the De Mayo Knee Positioner is like having "another pair of hands" in the operating room, freeing up OR staff for other time-saving responsibilities.
Not withstanding current difficulties with the sad loss of an AM, he has been a steady pair of hands, keeping the core Labour vote up through a difficult period for all politicians His presentation is always, statesmanlike, seen by many in the UK as a very senior Welshman.
Jools Holland with The Rhythm & Blues Orchestra Royal Albert Hall, touring until Dec 22 For highly-charged musical magnificence, Jools Holland is a safe, and fast-moving, pair of hands. But the wealth of talent he attracts to the stage with him, buoyed by his easy charm, makes each show a fresh delight.
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.
TONY Pulis might not have set the world on fire with free-flowing football, but he remains a "safe pair of hands" for Albion, according to coach Darren Moore.