show of hands


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show of hands

a display of raised hands [in a group of people] that can be counted for the purpose of votes or surveys. We were asked to vote for the candidates for captain by a show of hands. Jack wanted us to vote on paper, not by a show of hands, so that we could have a secret ballot.
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show of hands

An informal vote made by participants holding up one hand each to indicate a choice, as in Let's have a show of hands-how many want the next meeting on a Sunday? [Late 1700s]
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show of hands

the raising of hands among a group of people to indicate a vote for or against something, with numbers typically being estimated rather than counted.
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On an advisory basis and not to diminish the role and responsibility of the board of directors, the approach to executive compensation disclosed in the Corporations Management Proxy Circular was approved by a show of hands.
The court observed that an earlier amendment to the Sindh Local Government Act, 2013, requiring a show of hands for election of the top-most posts had \"no legal effect\" as the change was made after the election schedule had already been announced in August last year.
selection of Mayor and Deputy Mayor should be held with show of hands as secret balloting raises questions over its transparency.
He said as per law election of Mayors / Deputy Mayors/ Chairmen / Vice Chairmen of Union Committees and Union Councils has to be made through show of hands and not on basis of secret balloting.
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Recognised as leading ambassadors for roots music, Show Of Hands have won Best Duo, Best Live Act and Best Original Song categories at BBC Radio Two's annual Folk Awards.
The Thursday show s features songs from his solo albums Cruel River and Track Of Words plus selected Show Of Hands classics.
Show of Hands will be supported by Jackie Oates, whose 2009 album, Hyperboreans, helped establish her as one of Britain's leading folk artists.
Edinburgh-born, Cornwall-based Joseph has made appearances with Wales-raised David Gray, Paolo Nutini and Seth Lakeman and supported Show of Hands at their own Abbotsbury Festival and on their first UK standing tour, in 2008.
WESTMINSTER - By an overwhelming show of hands, special town meeting voters last night approved placing a conservation restriction on more than 430 acres.
A show of hands at branch meetings around the city has already indicated unofficial support for the proposed strike action, which could be carried out in July.
Show of hands, please: Everyone who's been waiting since 1997's ``Vegas Vacation'' for Chevy Chase to headline a movie comedy, please raise your hand.
A motion backed by the party's national executive committee was expected to be defeated in a card vote, after national executive committee chairman Sir Jeremy Beecham, a Newcastle councillor, refused to accept defeat in a show of hands.
Before the session began, attendees were asked to indicate by a show of hands whether the copper scrap market had more room to run.
The council is also considering the addition of new provisions to include a "vote withheld" box on AGM proxy voting forms and to publish the results of resolutions voted on by a show of hands, as recommended by the Shareholder Voting Working Group.