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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!
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Others show red hands, emblematic of protesters raising hands they have dipped in the blood of martyrs.
A meeting of the Central Executive Committee of the party was also held in this regard a week ago, in which contesting of bye-elections by Imran Khan was discussed and even voting was held by raising hands and majority gave vote against contesting of elections.
The exercises consist of different types of simulated laughs tied together with a sequence of five claps and the phrase "Ho, Ho, Ha, Ha, Ha," followed by raising hands over the head and releasing a long "aaaaah" (or sometimes "Oy vay") as the hands are lowered.
Yamasaki, 64, a member of the House of Representatives, on Monday became the first lawmaker to voice his intention to succeed the unpopular prime minister, amid a field of other candidates who have stopped short of raising hands.
Decent laughter, raising hands above head and then below chest.
Too many of them are activists who resort to scare tactics; there is the `too much' school of thought -- raising hands in alarm at sugar, salt, saturated fats, etc.