Thursday, June 4, 2015
Take me by the Hand
A collection of vintage hand jewelry:
Daily Writing Tips
, here is a list of hand related sayings:
All hands on deck
,” from the traditional nautical command for every sailor to report for duty, refers to the necessity of everyone involved to lend a hand, or assist.
bite the hand that feeds you
is to be hostile to someone who has been kind to you.
3. To be a
is, in British English, to be an expert.
The devil makes work for idle hands
” is a proverb that means that inactive people are susceptible to the temptation to do wrong.
5. To know something
is to be directly familiar with the facts.
force someone’s hand
is to compel them to act prematurely or involuntarily.
7. Having a
is being given wide latitude about how to carry out a task or responsibility.
gain the upper hand
is to obtain control.
get your hands dirt
y is to engage in a important activity that may not be pleasant.
give a hand
is to help, though it also refers to applauding by clapping one’s hands.
give a guiding hand
is to offer advice or mentorship.
12. Something that
goes hand in hand
with something else is closely associated with it.
13. To be in
good, or safe, hands
is to be assured that you will be taken care of.
hand something down
is to offer it to an heir, or to deliver a decision.
something is to deliver it.
16. To work
hand in glove
is to work together intimately.
hand something off
is to pass it along to someone else, with the connotation of delegating it.
hand something on
is to pass it along to someone else in succession.
hand something out
is to offer it to recipients.
hand something over
is to deliver it to someone in authority, perhaps reluctantly or unwillingly.
21. To earn money
hand over fist
is to do so quickly.
hand something to somebody on a platter
(often a silver one) is to enable them to achieve something without effort.
hand something up
is to present it to a higher authority, such as grand jury to a judge.
24. To win
is to do so conclusively.
25. To be
is to distance oneself from an activity or project.
26. To be
is to directly involve oneself in an activity or project.
27. To have
blood on one’s hands
is to be culpable for an act.
28. When you tell someone you
have to hand it to them
, you’re giving them a compliment.
have your hands full
is to be busy.
30. To act with a
is to do so harshly or with too much force.
gesture or action is one that is lacking in subtlety.
32. When the
left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing
, it means that communication among associates is poor.
lend a hand
is to assist.
34. To know something
like the back of one’s hand
is to know it thoroughly.
live from hand to mouth
is to be poor.
36. To be an
is to be familiar with or to be an expert at something.
37. To say that something is
is to indicate that it is available.
On the other hand
” is a synonym for
or “by contrast.”
overplay your hand
is to try too hard to achieve an objective, resulting in failure or complication.
40. Something that gets
out of hand
has gone out of control.
play into someone’s hands
is to be manipulated by an opponent into doing something advantageous to that person and detrimental to yourself.
Put your hands up
” is a command by law enforcement personnel directing someone to raise their hands so that they are in clear view and not likely to reach for a weapon.
raise one’s hand
is to lift an arm to indicate that one wishes to volunteer to perform a task or respond to a question.
show of hands
is a display of raised hands by those in a group in favor of or opposed to a proposal.
take someone by the hand
is to lead or nurture them.
take the law into your own hands
is to seek to right or avenge a wrong yourself rather than appeal to law enforcement for assistance.
throw your hands up
is to figuratively acknowledge defeat or frustration.
48. To be
is to be deceitful.
wash your hands
of something is to absolve yourself of responsibility.
50. To say “
When one hand washes the other
” (the implied conclusion to the phrase is “and together they wash the face”) is to suggest that cooperation encourages success.
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