Hands to Hand over Hand
Hand. (Phrases beginning with "To.")
"I have left me seven thousand in Israel ... which have not bowed unto Baal, and ... which [have] not kissed [their hand to] him." - 1 Kings xix. 18.LEND A HAND. To help. In French, " Prêtez moi la main."
LIVE FROM HAND TO MOUTH. To live without any provision for the morrow.
TAKE IN HAND. To undertake to do something; to take the charge of.
Hand (preceded by a preposition).
"Keep him well in hand."A bird in the hand. (See BIRD.)
OFF HAND. At once; without stopping.
Off one's hands. No longer under one's responsibilities; able to maintain oneself.
OUT OF HAND. At once, over.
"We will proclaim you out of hand."
"And, were these inward wars once out of hand,WITH A HIGH HAND. Imperiously, arrogantly. In French, "Faire quelque chose haut la main."
Hand. (Miscellaneous articles.)
"And Abraham said unto his eldest servant ... Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh: and I will make thee swear ... that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites." - Genesis xxiv. 2, 3.Hands Persons employed in a factory. We say so many head of cattle: horse-dealers count noses. Races are won by the nose, and factory work by the hand, but cattle have the place of honour.
"Lay hands on the villain."LONG. Kings have long hands. In French, "Les rois ont les mains longues." That is, it is hard to escape from the vengeance of a king, for his hands or agents extend over the whole of his kingdom.
SHAKE. To shake hands. To salute by giving a hand received into your own a shake.
To strike hands. (Prov. xvii. 18). To make a contract, to become surety for another. (See also Prov. vii. I and xxii. 26.) The English custom of shaking hands in confirmation of a bargain has been common to all nations and all ages. In feudal times the vassal put his hands in the hands of his overlord on taking the oath of fidelity and homage.
SHOP "Hands," etc. Men and women employed in a shop.
TAKE OFF. To take off one's hands. To relieve one of something troublesome, as "Will no one take this [task] off my hands?"
WASH. To wash one's hands of a thing. In
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