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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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Raising hands enables the heads of blocs to monitor their MPs and, if needed, compel them to vote according to the leader's will, not theirs.
Violence and raising hands up against IDF [Israeli Defence Forces] soldiers is crossing the line in an intolerable manner, the statement said.
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.