hand

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noun
1 part of the body
ADJECTIVE
left, right
beautiful, delicate, long-fingered, pretty, slender
manicured, well-manicured
calloused/callused, rough
soft
firm, strong
limp

He offered a limp hand to shake.

frail
arthritic
gnarled
clawed, claw-like
bony

He holds out a bony hand for her to shake.

hairy
cool

His hand, when she shook it, was cool and firm.

clammy, sweaty

He clutched the cane in his clammy hand.

dirty, filthy, greasy, grimy, grubby, sticky, unwashed

He wiped his greasy hands on the front of his overalls.

clean
gloved
open

She gestured to the window with an open hand.

outstretched

She walked up to him with her hand outstretched to take his.

free

With his free hand he took hold of the knife.

cupped

She rested her chin in her cupped hand.

busy, deft

Her busy hands had transformed the tiny room into a work of art.

willing

There's plenty of work for willing hands

eager

Eager hands reached out to help him.

nervous, shaking, shaky, trembling, unsteady
steady

A surgeon needs a good eye and a steady hand.

comforting, friendly, gentle, sympathetic

He put a friendly hand on his friend's knee.

He laid a gentle hand on his brother's shoulder.

generous, liberal (both figurative)

She filled our glasses with a generous hand.

capable, expert, guiding, practised/practiced, reassuring, skilful/skillful, skilled

With a practised hand he motioned a waiter to bring a fresh pot of coffee.

careless, clumsy
invisible (figurative)

the invisible hand of the market

VERB + HAND
take

She took the child's hand and helped him climb the steps.

grab

He grabbed my hand and motioned for me to follow him.

reach for

He reached for her hand and held it tightly.

hold, hold on to

They walked along, holding hands.

She held on to my hand as I tried to leave.

clutch, grasp

Hannah grasped her hand.

clutch sth in, clutch sth with, grasp sth in, grasp sth with, hold sth in

He held the key in his hand.

Beth grasped the rope with both hands.

press, squeeze, touch

She pressed his hand. ‘I know,’ she said softly.

shake

He shook Blake's hand as if they were long lost friends.

He shook hands with all of us before leaving.

feel

I felt a hand on my shoulder.

extend, hold out, put out, reach out

She smiled and extended a hand in welcome.

He put out a hand as if to touch her.

lay, place, press, put, rest

He laid a hand on her arm.

She put her hands to her cheeks in embarrassment.

She rested her hand on my shoulder.

slap

Jimmy slapped his hand over his mouth.

slide

He slid his hands into his pockets.

run

Clive ran a hand through his hair.

withdraw

Slowly Ruth withdrew her hand from his.

hold up, lift, put up (esp. BrE), raise, throw up

He lifted his hand to her face.

Several students raised their hands to answer the question.

She held up her hand in farewell.

He threw up his hands in despair when he saw the damage.

spread

She shrugged and spread her hands. ‘That's all I can tell you.’

wave
clap

We were all clapping our hands in time to the music.

clasp, clench, wring

He had his hands clasped behind his head.

She clenched her hands in her lap to hide their trembling.

He was sobbing and wringing his hands by the grave.

beat

He beat his hands on the steering wheel in frustration.

cup

I cupped my hand over the mouthpiece of the phone so they couldn't hear me.

fold

She folds her hands in prayer.

rub

She shivered, rubbing her hands together fiercely.

wash
wipe
HAND + VERB
shake, tremble

Her hand shook as she lifted the glass to her lips.

be outstretched, reach out, shoot out

She stood up and went over to him, her hands outstretched.

A strong hand reached out and caught hold of her arm.

grope for sth, reach for sth, seek sth

My hand groped for the door handle.

His hand sought hers.

find sth

His hand eventually found the light switch.

catch sth, clamp, clasp sth, grab sth, grasp sth, seize sth

The policeman kept a firm hand clamped on his shoulder.

clutch sth, grip sth, hold sth
clamp, clench, close around sth, close on sth

A heavy hand clamped over her mouth.

My hands clenched together tightly.

A hand closed around her wrist.

claw sth, claw at sth, pull sth, tug sth

His hands clawed at the muddy earth.

cup sth

His hands cupped her face.

push sth
squeeze sth, tighten sth
brush sth, brush across sth, brush against sth, caress sth, stroke sth, touch sth

His hand brushed against hers.

creep, go, move, slide, slip, steal, stray

Muriel's hand crept to her neck to hold her pearls.

fly

Her hand flew to her mouth. ‘Oh no!’

jerk, twitch
run over sth, run through sth, trail

Her hand ran over the surface, feeling the different textures.

freeze, still

His hand froze in mid-gesture.

hover, roam

My hand hovered over the switch for a moment.

His hands roamed over her shoulders.

fumble

My hands fumbled with the key.

lie, rest

His hand rested on her shoulder.

go up, shoot up
come down, descend, drop

A large hand descended on his shoulder.

His hands dropped to his sides and he fell to the floor.

withdraw
lift, rise

Her hand lifted to place a cigarette in her mouth.

cover sth

Her hand moved to cover his.

HAND + NOUN
gesture, movement, position, signal
dryer, towel
axe/ax, drill, saw (usually handsaw), tools
pump
blender, mixer

Purée with a hand blender or food processor.

puppet
drum
mirror
baggage, luggage (both esp. BrE) (carry-on baggage in AmE)

You can take your laptop on the plane as hand luggage.

cream, lotion, sanitizer (AmE), soap
grenade, gun (usually handgun)
injury
count, recount (both esp. AmE)

a hand recount of the vote for governor

PREPOSITION
by hand

Delicate clothes should be washed by hand.

by … hands

The rocks looked like they had been shaped by human hands.

in your hand

She had a piece of paper in her hand.

Can I leave these queries in your capable hands? (figurative)

on your hand

She had large rings on both hands.

with your hand

Operate the gears with your left hand.

PHRASES
ball your hands into fists
fall into the wrong hands (figurative)

Guards made sure that the food supplies didn't fall into the wrong hands.

get your hands off sb/sth, keep your hands off sb/sth, take your hands off sb/sth

She warned her brother to keep his hands off her bag.

get your hands on sth, lay your hands on sth

I desperately need to lay my hands on some money by Monday.

hand in hand

They walked hand in hand along the path.

hands on hips

She stood in the doorway, hands on hips.

head in your hands

He sat with his head in his hands.

in safe hands (figurative)

He retired feeling confident that his company was in safe hands.

a safe pair of hands (figurative)

She gained a reputation as a safe pair of hands.

a show of hands

She asked for a show of hands (= asked people to vote).

on (your) hands and knees

He was on his hands and knees, looking for a contact lens.

out of sb's hands (figurative)

I don't work in that department any more, so the problem is out of my hands.

the palm of your hand

She studied the object in the palm of her hand.

with your bare hands

He killed the lion with his bare hands.

2 a hand help
VERB + A HAND
give sb, lend (sb)

Can you give me a hand with loading the van?

At harvest time all the locals lend a hand.

need

Do you need a hand with those invoices?

want

Do you want a hand with that?

3 role in a situation
VERB + HAND
have
strengthen

The strategic alliance served to strengthen the country's hand in the region.

PREPOSITION
hand in

Several of his colleagues had a hand in his downfall.

4 in card games
ADJECTIVE
bad, good
VERB + HAND
deal (sb)

Who dealt the last hand?

She felt that life had dealt her a bad hand. (figurative)

get, have
play
overplay (usually figurative)

The party leadership overplayed its hand.

reveal, show (usually figurative)

Now the EU has revealed its hand.

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verb
ADVERB
effectively, practically
formally, officially

formally handing over power to the new government

personally

She wanted to hand the petition to the president personally.

just, merely, simply

They would simply hand her over to the magistrate as a thief.

quickly
immediately, promptly
grudgingly, reluctantly

He grudgingly handed me the money.

carefully, gently

Keith gently handed me the little baby girl.

silently, wordlessly
back, down, in, out, over

She handed out the exam papers.

VERB + HAND
agree to, be happy to, be prepared to, be ready to, be willing to
be reluctant to, refuse to
force sb to
get ready to, prepare to

The court is getting ready to hand down a potentially historic decision.

PREPOSITION
to

He handed the book to Sally.

Hand is used with these nouns as the object: ↑baton, ↑card, ↑cheque, ↑diploma, ↑glass, ↑passport, ↑slip, ↑ticket, ↑victory

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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