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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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.
But Neville throws him off, and pauses for an instant, in a raging passion, with the goblet yet in his uplifted hand.
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.
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.
He took a quick step forward with uplifted hand - and looked into the shining muzzle of a tiny revolver.
Kneeling down and pouring out her thankfulness with uplifted hands, her thanks were for her father.
Da Souza threw himself back m his chair with uplifted hands.
These reflections depressed the old usurer so much, as to wring a feeble groan or two from his breast, and cause him to declare, with uplifted hands, that he would die in a workhouse.
Evidence Act, RSBC 1996, c 124, sections 21 to 22 discusses the validity of the oath regardless of absence or difference of religious belief, as well as oaths administered by uplifted hand.
One gloomy image, taken in the miners' welfare hall in February 1985, shows uplifted hands lit by shafts of sunlight through a window.
1940, is celebratory, not violent, as it shows black and white workers and union organizers with uplifted hands and smiles (the cover of the book).