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
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And then a man sprang to his feet in the audience, and raising his hand on high, cried: "Justice!
And Bassett, raising his hand in signal, bending forward his head as agreed so as to expose cleanly the articulation to his taut spinal cord, forgot Balatta, who was merely a woman, a woman merely and only and undesired.
Mann, stop!' said the beadle, raising his hand with a show of authority.
I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, 'I'm different,'" Collins writes.
I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, 'I'm different.' "If I had my way, someone else would have already done this.
Arnold, while commenting on one of the newcomers raising his hand noted, "He's pretty sure about this one I think....
England's youngsters were thrashed in the European Championship final but, while they went out with a whimper, Pearce was raising his hand to a German player by the touchline before restraining himself.
The Jerusalem District Court issued unprecedented criticism of Israel Police conduct on the Temple Mount Monday, in an appeal hearing against the expulsion of activist Yehuda Etzion from the site for 15 days for the crime of raising his hands in the air.
Seconds later, Reid emerges from the car, raising his hands, which appear to be empty.
But the shot-stopper was a bag of nerves all afternoon and landed a second yellow in 85 minutes for needlessly raising his hands to Russell Duncan.
"Barry was given a second yellow for raising his hands yet Foran was guilty of the initial tackle, that he was booked for, and then raising his hands but did not get a second yellow."
Barry was given a second yellow for raising his hands yet Foran was guilty of the initial tackle that he was booked for and then raising his hands but did not get a second yellow.'
Raising his hands in the air, Charles broke into the royal jig as he followed a small procession of pipe, drum and castanet players.
Imagine a football official raising his hands to score a touchdown before a player crosses the goal line because the official believes that crossing the goal line is imminent.
But instead of raising his hands, as the would-be thief obviously expected, Pogue reached for the Mauser under the counter and began falling to the floor.