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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #121167: Idioms: hands
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    Idioms: hands


     

    We have seen that many idioms deal with various parts of our bodies. 

    "Hands" are no exception and very often alluded to in conversations. 

     

     

       
    Second hand

    To have clean hands

    To have hands tied  

           

    To know like the back of your hand 

    To change hands

    To be at hand

      

    To have one's hands full

     "Hands down"          

    To give someone a hand                      


     To get out of hand  = get out of control 
     To try your hand at + V-ing  = try to do for the first time 
     To be put in good hands  = in the care of  
     To take matters into your own hands  = to take care of things yourself 
     To give a big hand  = to applaud, to clap your hands 
     To wait on someone hand and foot  = to serve like a slave


     To experience first hand  = to experience yourself 
     To wash one's hands of stg  = to refuse responsibility 
     To have a hand in  = to have a role in 
     To be with hat in hand = humbly and respectfully 
     A show of hands   = approving raising your hand 
     To take matters into your own hands   = act on a problem yourself



     

                 A handwriting like chicken scratch               

     

                     A show of hands                

               

                    Cold hands, warm heart!             

          

                  To bite the hand that feeds you           



          

                   ... with your bare hands                   

       On the one hand... on the other hand...     

     

                   To cup one's hands         

                 To be like putty in your hand              



         

             To live from hand to mouth     

            
                  An iron hand in a velvet glove
              

                  A Dead man's hand (poker)   *  
    * /en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_man%27s_hand
     "Wild Bill" Hickok 's hand at poker *

                  To eat out of my hand       






     

                                                           

                                               A BIRD IN THE HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH...

     

    I could "give you a hand", or even "hold your hand", but I'm quite sure you won't need it! 

     



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