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HAND. That part of the human body at the end of the arm.
     2. Formerly the hand was considered as the symbol of good faith, and some contracts derive their names from the fact that the hand was used in making them; as handsale, (q.v.) mandatum, (q.v.) which comes from a mandata. The hand is still used for various legal or forensic purposes. When a person is accused of a crime and he is arraigned, and he is asked to hold up his right hand; and when one is sworn as a witness, he is required to lay his right hand on the Bible, or to hold it up.
     3. Hand is also the name of a measure of length used in ascertaining the height of horses. It is four inches long. See Measure: Ell.
     4. In a figurative sense, by hand is understood a particular form of writing; as if B writes a good hand. Various kinds of hand have been used, as, the secretary hand, the Roman hand, the court hand, &c. Wills and contracts may be written in any of these, or any other which is intelligible.

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Prosecutor Tracey Willingham told magistrates in Prestatyn that Hughes, 18, of the Bell Hotel, Upper Promenade, Colwyn Bay, took the taxi from Llandudno to Colwyn Bay in the early hours of September 16 and grabbed the handbrake as they travelled along Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay.
The statement said, 'The analysis performed by Volkswagen has shown that a batch of handbrake cable retention levers in the rear brake liner might break under certain conditions.
Mr Langford said that due to the force that the handbrake had been lifted, and the fact that Miss Callaghan was driving, he said it was "unlikely" that she applied the handbrake.
Judge Richard Griffith-Jones said: "There's no issue about whether this took place, and that it is a public place; and if someone failed to put their handbrake on and left the vehicle, that would be careless driving at the time they were driving the vehicle.
A police spokesman said: ``It is believed the injured child knocked the handbrake off the car, causing the vehicle to roll backwards.
Don't be alarmed because when I say handbrake, I'm talking about the traditional variety.
As they pulled the last handbrake the jeep turned over and smashed into the metal barrier at the side of the track.
The owner says the dog knocked the handbrake off and the car rolled away and went into the newsagent's.
He knew nothing of what happened until he "heard a commotion" outside, telling a witness he must have forgotten to apply the handbrake.
The thugs, some just 13, perform handbrake turns and "doughnuts" before posting clips of themselves on YouTube.
The car began to roll when its handbrake cable snapped.