raise (one's) hand

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raise (one's) hand

Literally, to hold one's hand in the air. This phrase is typically used in academic settings, as students raise their hands to indicate that they want to answer or ask a question. Don't yell out the answers, raise your hands! I do raise my hand in class, Mom, but the teacher never calls on me!
See also: hand, raise
References in classic literature ?
'May I try?' said Sissy, emboldened to raise her hand to the neck that was insensibly drooping towards her.
"Merely to raise her hand above her head and drop it in the presence of others is sufficient to release her; but how may you ever find her, you who are doomed to a life of slavery yourself in the buried city of Phutra?"
I think she wants the kids to know that she can raise her hand and participate, but then when she does, it doesn't come out because I think at that point then she realizes that "Uh-huh, I don't know if I have the right answer and I don't want the other kids to think that I don't have the right answer." Mrs.
Gelfand has an absolute mastery of the technical vocabulary so secure in the Rose Adagio balances that she could confidently raise her hands above her head en couronne between each suitor and insert triple pirouettes between the linked turns.