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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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With his eyes still closed, he would raise first one hand and say ay manjoor and then raise his other hand and say thay ay namanjoor: All the applications in the stack that was nearest in the direction to his raised hand when he said ay manjoor were approved and those nearest to the raised hand when he said ay namanjoor were rejected.
With a shrug and not a word the chairman pointed to another raised hand.
The signal at a crosswalk in Spokane, Washington, was showing the "Walk" and "Don't Walk" signs, but when it came to the electronic sign's raised hand, which is the universal signal to stop, it was missing some fingers.
Every pluck of a guitar string, every raised hand, even when he sat down raised a roar Hampden Park could hardly beat.
A witness described McLelland running at Mr Mulholland with the trophy upside down in his raised hand, lungeing towards him and striking him on the left side of the head with it.
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.
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. "Hold on," she said, and looked up at me: "What?" "Are you speaking into a mobile phone?" I asked her.
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.
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.
(with raised hand): Please say he's offside ref because I can't be bothered chasing him.
Mr Ivanov waved away appeals after Baird's goal bound shot appeared to strike a raised hand inside the Slovakian area.
Johnny stilled her with a raised hand. "It doesn't matter.
On one occasion, he was discovered lurking behind a door holding a pair of sharp scissors in his raised hand.
Ivanov waved away appeals after Baird's goalbound shot appeared to strike a raised hand inside the Slovakia area.