1 Slang mitt, paw, US lunch-hook:
Keep your hands off me, you oaf!
2 help, aid, assistance, helping hand, relief, boost; leg up:
Please give me a hand with this trunk.
3 influence, agency, participation, involvement, part, share:
Did you have a hand in my getting the appointment?
4 (manual) labourer, worker, workman, man, help, employee:
It's getting harder to find hands for the farm.
5 pointer, indicator, index:
The minute hand covers the hour hand at noon and midnight.
6 (round of) applause, ovation, clap:
Give the lad a hand for trying.
7 handwriting, penmanship, script; calligraphy:
The writing was in a hand that she could not recognize.
8 Often, hands. control, hold, grasp, possession, custody, clutches, keeping, power, disposal, jurisdiction, authority, supervision, management, guardianship, care:
At last, the government is in the hands of the people.
9 at hand. nearby, close, near, close by, handy, (readily) available, to or on hand, at one's fingertips, convenient, within (arm's) reach, accessible, present; approaching, imminent, around the corner:
He always kept a pistol at hand. The Day of Judgement is at hand.
10 hand in glove. hand in hand, in league, together, in collusion, collusively, connivingly, conspiringly, intimately, closely, jointly, Colloq in cahoots:
An informer is working hand in glove with the police.
11 hand in hand. together, side by side, hand in glove:
They walked hand in hand down the road.
12 hand-over-fist. quickly, speedily, rapidly, swiftly, steadily, like mad:
He makes money hand-over-fist in the stock market.
13 hands down. easily, readily, effortlessly:
He can win the marathon hands down.
14 give, pass, deliver, present to or with:
Please hand me the hammer.
15 hand down or on or over.
(a) bequeath, will, pass on; transfer, turn over:
The farm has been handed down from father to son for seven generations.
(b) See 18 (a), below.
16 hand in. submit, give in, tender, proffer, offer:
I handed in my resignation.
17 hand out. distribute, disseminate, pass out or round or around, give out, deal (out), mete or dole out, dispense; disburse:
She was handing out leaflets to passers-by.
18 hand over.
(a) deliver, submit, yield, give up, surrender, turn over; transfer:
The man produced a gun and told the cashier to hand over the money.
(b) See 15 (a), above.
manacles, shackles, Colloq cuffs, bracelets, Slang Brit darbies:
The police put handcuffs on them all.