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1. To conceal something in the palm of one's hand, as when stealing. When we were kids, we used to palm penny candies from the corner store all the time.
2. To receive something discreetly or in secret. It turns out that the governor had been palming percentages of profits from companies she'd given preference to. We're supposed to pool our tips and divide them at the end of the night, but it turns out that Daniel had been palming his the whole time.
3. To grasp a ball, typically a basketball, with one hand by extending the fingers around its surface. His hands were so big that he palmed the basketball like it was a baseball.
See also: palm
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tv. to conceal something in the hand as in a theft or the performance of a magic trick; to receive and conceal a tip or a bribe. The kid palmed the candy bar and walked right out of the store.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
- an itching palm
- an itchy palm
- bear the palm
- cross (one's) palm
- cross (one's) palm with silver
- cross palm
- cross palm with silver
- cross someone's palm with silver
- eat out of the palm of (one's) hand
- grease (one's) palm
- grease palm
- grease somebody's palm
- grease someone's palm
- grease someone's palm/fist, to
- grease the palm
- grease the palm of (someone)
- have (someone) eating out of the palm of (one's) hand
- have (someone) in the palm of (one's) hand
- have an itching palm
- have an itchy palm
- have somebody in the palm of your hand
- have someone eating out of your hand
- have someone in the palm of your hand
- hold (someone) in the palm of (one's) hand
- in the palm of (one's) hand
- in the palm of (someone's) hand
- in the palm of your hand
- itchy palm
- itchy palm, to have an
- know (something) like the palm of (one's) hand
- know like the palm of hand
- oil (one's) hand
- oil (one's) palm
- palm (something)
- palm (something) off (on one) (as something else)
- palm off
- palm off, to
- palm oil
- palm presser
- palm someone/something off
- palm someone/something off on someone
- palm something off
- palm something off on someone