part of body
the part of the body at the end of the arm, including the fingers and thumb
Ian placed a hand on her shoulder.
Put your hand up if you know the answer.
Keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times.
She was on (her) hands and knees (= crawling on the floor) looking for an earring.
Couples strolled past holding hands .
Give me your hand (= hold my hand) while we cross the road.
The crowd threw up their hands (= lifted them into the air) in dismay.
He killed the snake with his bare hands (= using only his hands) .
a hand towel (= a small towel for drying your hands on)
a hand drill (= one that is used by turning a handle rather than powered by electricity)
using the hand or number of hands mentioned
a one-handed catch
left-handed scissors (= intended to be held in your left hand)
help in doing sth
Let me give you a hand with those bags (= help you to carry them) .
Do you need a hand with those invoices?
The neighbours are always willing to lend a hand .
role in situation
the part or role that sb/sth plays in a particular situation; sb's influence in a situation
Early reports suggest the hand of rebel forces in the bombings.
Several of his colleagues had a hand in his downfall.
This appointment was an attempt to strengthen her hand in policy discussions.
usually in compounds
a part of a clock or watch that points to the numbers
a person who does physical work on a farm or in a factory
a sailor on a ship
All hands on deck!
by a person rather than a machine
This item should be hand washed.
in card games
a set of playing cards given to one player in a game
拿到一手好牌 / 坏牌
to be dealt a good/bad hand
one stage of a game of cards
I'll have to leave after this hand.
a particular style of writing
measurement for horse
a unit for measuring the height of a horse, equal to 4 inches or 10.16 centimetres
everyone helps or must help, especially in a difficult situation
There are 30 people coming to dinner tonight, so it's all hands on deck.
close to you in time or distance
Help was at hand.
The property is ideally located with all local amenities close at hand.
if you experience sth at the hands of sb , they are the cause of it
to be skilful at making or doing things with your hands
to tie sb's hands and feet together so that they cannot move or escape
to prevent sb from doing what they want by creating rules, restrictions, etc.
by a person rather than a machine
The fabric was painted by hand.
if a letter is delivered by hand , it is delivered by the person who wrote it, or sb who is sent by them, rather than by post/mail
to become controlled by sb
The town fell into enemy hands.
We don't want this document falling into the wrong hands .
by experiencing, seeing, etc. sth yourself rather than being told about it by sb else
The President visited the area to see the devastation at first hand.
to do physical work
He's not frightened of getting his hands dirty.
permission to marry sb, especially a woman
He asked the general for his daughter's hand in marriage.
working closely with sb, especially in a secret and/or illegal way
if two people are hand in hand , they are holding each other's hand
if two things go hand in hand , they are closely connected and one thing causes the other
Poverty and poor health often go hand in hand.
（命令）别动某物 / 某人
used to tell sb not to touch sth/sb
Get your hands off my wife!
Hey, hands off! That's my drink!
used to tell a group of people to raise one hand in the air if they know the answer to a question, etc.
Hands up all those who want to go swimming.
used by sb who is threatening people with a gun to tell them to raise both hands in the air
to be very busy or too busy to do sth else
She certainly has her hands full with four kids in the house.
to be unable to do what you want to do because of rules, promises, etc.
I really wish I could help but my hands are tied.
to give sb support in a difficult situation
Do you want me to come along and hold your hand?
being taken care of or dealt with by sb that you think you can rely on
Can I leave these queries in your capable hands?
if you have time or money in hand , it is left and available to be used
if you have a particular situation in hand , you are in control of it
the job, question, etc. in hand is the one that you are dealing with
if sb works a week, month, etc. in hand , they are paid for the work a week, etc. after they have completed it
being taken care of or controlled by sb
The matter is now in the hands of my lawyer.
At that time, the castle was in enemy hands.
to occasionally do sth that you used to do a lot so that you do not lose your skill at it
She retired last year but still teaches the odd class to keep her hand in.
to catch sb that you are annoyed with
Wait till I get my hands on him!
找到 / 得到某物
to find or get sth
I know their address is here somewhere, but I can't lay my hands on it right now.
used to say that a job is made easier if a lot of people help
to do no work
She hasn't done a hand's turn all week.
no longer your responsibility
在双方面 / 各个方面；在两个 / 各个方向
on both/all sides; in both/all directions
available, especially to help
The emergency services were on hand with medical advice.
if you have sb/sth on your hands , you are responsible for them or it
Let me take care of the invitations─you've enough on your hands with the caterers.
used to introduce different points of view, ideas, etc., especially when they are opposites
On the one hand they'd love to have kids, but on the other, they don't want to give up their freedom.
difficult or impossible to control
Unemployment is getting out of hand.
if you reject, etc. sth out of hand , you do so immediately without thinking about it fully or listening to other people's arguments
All our suggestions were dismissed out of hand.
no longer your responsibility
I'm afraid the matter is now out of my hands.
to do exactly what an enemy, opponent, etc. wants so that they gain the advantage in a particular situation
If we get the police involved, we'll be playing right into the protesters' hands.
to spend money or give it to sb
I've heard he doesn't like putting his hand in his pocket.
by being told about sth by sb else who has seen it or heard about it, not by experiencing, seeing, etc. it yourself
I'm fed up of hearing about these decisions third hand!
to deal with sb in a strict way in order to improve their behaviour
to deal with a particular situation yourself because you are not happy with the way that others are dealing with it
to stop doing sth or taking part in sth, especially because you are not successful
that you can reach or get easily
I'm afraid I don't have the latest figures to hand.
to start doing sth or be able to do sth, especially when you do it well
Jim can turn his hand to most jobs around the house.
给某人 / 受到鼓掌喝彩
to show your approval of sb by clapping your hands; to be applauded in this way
Ladies and gentlemen, let's give a big hand to our special guests tonight…
it is better to keep sth that you already have than to risk losing it by trying to get much more
to harm sb who has helped you or supported you
to be responsible for sb's death
a dictator with the blood of thousands on his hands
if you pay for goods and services cash in hand , you pay in cash , especially so that the person being paid can avoid paying tax on the amount
to pass to a different owner
The house has changed hands several times.
near; in a place where sb/sth can be reached easily
There are good cafes and a restaurant close at hand.
to make yourself do sth that you are afraid of
Taking her courage in both hands, she opened the door and walked in.
an influence that controls or restricts sth
We need to free business from the dead hand of bureaucracy.
people who do not have enough to do often start to do wrong
She blamed the crimes on the local jobless teenagers. ‘The devil makes work for idle hands,’ she would say.
to trust sb and be willing to do what they say
She'll have them eating out of her hand in no time.
strong control or discipline
Those children need a firm hand to make them behave.
to bring or hold your hands together
She kept her hands folded in her lap.
to make sb do sth that they do not want to do or make them do it sooner than they had intended
to get, have, etc. the opportunity to do what you want to do and to make your own decisions
I was given a free hand in designing the syllabus.
to help sb
if you use the words an iron fist/hand when describing the way that sb behaves, you mean that they treat people severely. This treatment may be hidden behind a kind appearance (the velvet glove ).
to be very familiar with sth
This is where I grew up. I know this area like the back of my hand.
to do sth illegal in order to punish sb for doing sth wrong, instead of letting the police deal with them
to risk being killed
You take your life in your hands just crossing the road here.
to make/lose money very fast and in large quantities
to hold out your hand for sb to shake
to spoil your chance of success by judging your position to be stronger than it really is
a person who can do, or is doing, a job
We need an extra pair of hands if we're going to finish on time.
Colleagues regard him as a safe pair of hands (= sb who can be relied on to do a job well) .
to have complete control or influence over sb
to hit or threaten to hit sb
being taken care of well by sb
I've left the kids in safe hands─with my parents.
Their problem was in the safe hands of the experts.
to stop yourself from doing sth; to prevent you from doing sth
to have nothing to do or not be busy
to get an advantage over sb so that you are in control of a particular situation
to take care of sb's needs so well that they do not have to do anything for themselves
to refuse to be responsible for or involved with sb/sth
When her son was arrested again she washed her hands of him.
to win sth very easily
to squeeze sb's hand very tightly when you shake hands
to pass or give sth to sb
She handed the letter to me.
She handed me the letter.
to give sth to sb without the person concerned making any effort
Nobody's going to hand you success on a plate.
used to say that sb deserves praise for sth
You've got to hand it to her─she's a great cook.
to offer or pass sth, especially food or drinks, to all the people in a group
to give or return sth to the person who owns it or to where it belongs
to give or leave sth to sb who is younger than you
These skills used to be handed down from father to son.
to officially give a decision/statement, etc.
The judge has handed down his verdict.
to give sth to a person in authority, especially a piece of work or sth that is lost
You must all hand in your projects by the end of next week.
I handed the watch in to the police.
to hand in your notice/resignation (= formally tell your employer that you want to stop working for them)
to push away a player who is trying to stop you, with your arm straight
to give or leave sth for another person to use or deal with
to give a number of things to the members of a group
Could you hand these books out, please?
to give advice, a punishment, etc.
He's always handing out advice to people.
to give sb else your position of power or the responsibility for sth
She resigned and handed over to one of her younger colleagues.
He finally handed over his responsibility for the company last year.
to let sb listen or speak to another person, especially on the telephone or in a news broadcast
I'll hand you over to my boss.
把某事物 / 某人正式交给（某人）
to give sth/sb officially or formally to another person
He handed over a cheque for $200 000.
They handed the weapons over to the police.
These verbs describe different ways of touching things.
I felt the bag to see what was in it.
She fingered the silk delicately.
Handle the fruit with care.
She rubbed her eyes wearily.
The cat loves being stroked.
He patted my arm and told me not to worry.
Someone was tapping lightly at the door.
I took his hand and squeezed it.
You can use these verbs to describe taking something quickly.
I grabbed his arm to stop myself from falling.
She snatched the letter out of my hand.
These verbs describe holding things tightly.
Her hands were clasped behind her head.
The child was clutching a doll in her hand.
Grasp the rope with both hands and pull.
He gripped his bag tightly and wouldn’t let go.