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  • physical assistance
    • give me a hand with the chores
  • terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates (e.g. apes or kangaroos)
    • the kangaroo's forearms seem undeveloped but the powerful five-fingered hands are skilled at feinting and clouting- Springfield (Mass.) Union
  • a round of applause to signify approval
    • give the little lady a great big hand
  • a card player in a game of bridge
    • we need a 4th hand for bridge
  • a member of the crew of a ship
    • all hands on deck
  • a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses
    • the horse stood 20 hands
  • a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece
    • the big hand counts the minutes
  • one of two sides of an issue
    • on the one hand..., but on the other hand...
  • the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time
    • I didn't hold a good hand all evening
    • he kept trying to see my hand
  • a position given by its location to the side of an object
    • objections were voiced on every hand
  • ability
    • he wanted to try his hand at singing
  • something written by hand
    • she recognized his handwriting
    • his hand was illegible
  • a hired laborer on a farm or ranch
    • the hired hand fixed the railing
    • a ranch hand
  • the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb
    • he had the hands of a surgeon
    • he extended his mitt
  • guide or conduct or usher somewhere
    • hand the elderly lady into the taxi
  • place into the hands or custody of
    • hand me the spoon, please
    • Turn the files over to me, please
    • He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers
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