put (one's) hands on (someone or something)

put (one's) hands on (someone or something)

1. Literally, to touch and rest one's hands on someone or something. I put my hands on the machine to see if I could feel the motor running. The doctor put his hands on me identify if the tumor had grown.
2. To acquire something, usually a physical object. I've been trying to put my hands on this one book I need for my research paper. It took years, but I've finally put my hands on a very rare Beatles recording!
3. To grope someone or something, especially in an unwanted and sexual manner. The secretary alleges that the CEO tried to put his hands on her multiple times during the course of her time working at the company. If you ever put your hands on me like that again, I'll get you fired quicker than you can bat an eye.
See also: hand, on, put

put one's hands on (someone, something, or an animal)

 and lay one's hands on (someone, something, or an animal) 
1. Lit. to place one's hands on someone or an animal. He put his hands on the sick woman and proclaimed her cured. This act of faith healing failed, alas. He laid his hands on the dog and gently felt for broken bones.
2. Fig. to locate and get hold of someone or something. As soon as I can lay my hands on him, I'll get him right over here. I am trying to put my hands on the book you suggested.
3. Fig. to get hold of someone or an animal with punishment or harm as a goal. Just wait till I put my hands on you! When I lay my hands on Ken, he will be sorry he ever lied to me.
See also: hand, on, put
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