the back of (one's) hand

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the back of (one's) hand

1. A rejection, snub, or rebuke; a display of contempt or scorn for someone or something. She met their accusations with the back of her hand. I give the back of my hand to anyone who says I'm not a good parent.
2. Used to represent one's complete knowledge of or familiarity with something. Usually used after the verb "know." I've read this book so many times, I know it like the back of my hand. You should ask Samantha for directions—she knows this town like the back of her hand.
See also: back, hand, of

back of one's hand

Rejection or contempt, as in Unimpressed with him, she gave the back of her hand to his suggestion. This phrase is usually the object of a verb such as give or show. [Second half of 1700s] Back of the hand similarly means "an insult" in the term back-handed compliment (see under left-handed compliment) but has a quite different meaning in know like the back of one's hand (see under know like a book).
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Check doorknobs and sides of a door with the back of your hand. If you are within a room, gently place the back of your hand on the doorknob and around the door.
Mix a couple of drops with your usual moisturiser on the back of your hand and apply in the morning or evening to see a touch of tan develop over several days (www.qvcuk.com).
Symptoms: 6 A swelling on the back of your hand where the wrist joins your hand, it's painless and it's getting bigger.
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Our test unit also did double-duty as a hand-held scope with a nylon cover that had a loop that fit over the back of your hand. At around $175 it's so affordable even a beat cop can keep one in the patrol car for sneaky-spy work.
The days of scribbling notes on the back of your hand in a bid to improve your chances of getting a good mark in an exam have gone for good, apparently.
On a long flight back from Japan, this guy asked me in broken English: "What is to look forward to in America?" I thought about it for a minute, and said, "Learn these two things and you'll be alright: 'It's cool' (the international thumbs-up to keep everything on the up and up), and 'I'm good' (flatten the back of your hand when enough is enough).
Forearm Shiver: Drive forearm forward, upward and outward as if you were driving an uppercut into your opponent's face, but with the back of your hand. The forearm should be partially extended away from your body.
Hold the back of your hand near it to feel for heat.
For anyone familiar with earlier Pilot Wing outings on the SNES and the N64, or the flying minigame in Wii Sports Resort, you'll probably know Wuhu Island like the back of your hand.
-Celebrity make-up artist Jemma Kidd says: "When testing foundation, never try it on the back of your hand as this skin is different to that on your face.
Your age spots have been developing since you were a baby and are the result of many years of tanning on the back of your hands. The more sunlight your skin is exposed to, the younger you are when they appear.