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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
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The fact there was not a single dissenting voice or raised hand against the scheme for a third night running suggested they will take the plunge.
He seemed to give Middlesbrough a free-kick whenever they demanded one, but Festa's raised hand at McAllister and Fleming's kick at Hadji both went unpunished.
I saw a flash of light reflected from something he was brandishing in his raised hand and my heart leaped as I recognised the cut-throat razor.
Running up and throwing myself in front of her, she stopped, then talked into her raised hand.
That might confuse hotels staff, unsure whether a raised hand is a vote for the lowering carbon emissions targets or a signal for another tropical fruit punch.
From teenager Stuart Downing's floated corner, there appeared to be a decent shout for a penalty as Gareth Southgate's header struck the raised hand of Rio Ferdinand.
Vics were reduced to 10 men when Ross Donaldson saw red for a raised hand and the strugglers were buried in 79 minutes by Scott Cameron's free-kick.
Kobe Bryant is the precocious, self-contained student who parks himself in the middle of the front row, where his raised hand is most likely to catch and hold the teacher's attention.
On one occasion, he was discovered lurking behind a door holding a pair of sharp scissors in his raised hand.
When the audience snickers grew a bit loud for that one, the moderator searched nervously for another raised hand, but Hoffman took the questioner's bait.
Mr Ivanov waved away appeals after Baird's goal bound shot appeared to strike a raised hand inside the Slovakian area.
Ivanov waved away appeals after Baird's goalbound shot appeared to strike a raised hand inside the Slovakia area.
Even Stoke boss Tony Pulis feared a red card for a raised hand that some perceived as a punch to the Coventry substitute's face.
Taricco leant his head into Impey and the Leicester man responded with a raised hand that earned a booking.
In the old days a raised voice let alone a raised hand would lead to raised eyebrows.