raise a hand

raise a hand against (one)

To strike one or threaten to do so. It's a pathetic, cowardly man who would raise a hand against a child. Times have changed, and teachers never raise a hand against their students anymore.
See also: hand, raise
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raise a hand

(against someone or something) Go to lift a hand (against someone or something).
See also: hand, raise
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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