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lay a finger on (someone or something)
To touch someone or something in the slightest way. If you so much as lay a finger on my son again, I'm calling the cops. I can't believe the vase shattered like that—I feel like I barely laid a finger on it.
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lay a finger on someone or something
to touch someone or something, even slightly, as with only a finger. Don't you dare lay a finger on my pencil. Go get your own! If you lay a finger on me, I'll scream.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
lay a finger on
Also, put a finger on. Barely touch, as in You'd better not lay a finger on those documents! or If you lay a finger on me, I'll sue. This expression is nearly always used as a prohibition. [Mid-1800s] Also see put one's finger on.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
lay a finger ontouch someone, usually with the intention of harming them.
1993 Tony Parker May the Lord in His Mercy be Kind to Belfast The one thing I'll say about my husband is he never laid a finger on the children and he never hit me in front of them.
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