Uplifted hand

UPLIFTED HAND. When a man accused of a crime is arraigned, he is required to raise his hand, probably in order to identify the person who pleads. Perhaps for the same reason when a witness adopts a particular mode of taking an oath, as when he does not swear upon the gospel, but upon Almighty God, he is requested to hold up his hand.

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A third with pins in her mouth was running about between the countess and Sonya, and a fourth held the whole of the gossamer garment up high on one uplifted hand.
He took a quick step forward with uplifted hand - and looked into the shining muzzle of a tiny revolver.
It was not the touch he needed most at such a moment - the touch that could calm the wild waters of his soul, as the uplifted hand of the sublimest love and patience could abate the raging of the sea - yet it was a woman's hand too.
Garn out o' this or I'll " He took a step forward with uplifted hand, but in an instant down came cut number three upon his wrist, and cut number five across his thigh, and cut number one full in the center of his rabbit-skin cap.
And now in the broad, quiet avenue in front of the Rubberneck car a man in dark clothes stood with uplifted hand.
His uplifted hand descended, and thereafter rose and fell in a swift and steady rhythm.
But Neville throws him off, and pauses for an instant, in a raging passion, with the goblet yet in his uplifted hand.
The rich ornaments of his military attire had indeed been repeatedly handled by different individuals of the tribes with eyes expressing a savage longing to possess the baubles; but before the customary violence could be resorted to, a mandate in the authoritative voice of the large warrior, already mentioned, stayed the uplifted hand, and convinced Heyward that they were to be reserved for some object of particular moment.
Suddenly Lord John, who was walking first, halted with uplifted hand.
said Dennis, gently checking Hugh's uplifted hand, which looked threatening.
God --advancing towards the hammock with uplifted hands -- may the resurrection and the life-- Brace forward
Clair started and retreating back a few paces, with uplifted Hands, said, "Another Grand-child