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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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Hands Off the Internet coalition points to statements made this week by AOL and Time Warner executives clearly endorsing the idea that consumers will be best served by competition for Internet access without government regulations:
Hands Off the Internet-Southern California believes that if government begins to regulate one aspect of the Internet, that will be the start of a never-ending flood of legislation and regulation.
14 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania lawmakers should resist the urge to be the first state to regulate the Internet and reject a proposal that would force cable companies to provide access to their systems by unaffiliated Internet Service Providers (ISPs), the president of Hands Off The Internet today told the House Consumer Affairs Committee.
Hands Off The Internet announced that more than a dozen high-tech and civic organizations had become affiliated members, including AT&T; Net.
Steven McInulty and Craig Covington held up three female staff members at Hatton Country World, near Solihull, in July last year and threatened to cut their hands off unless the woman opened safes.
The 16-year-old was captured taking her hands off the wheel as she flicked her hair and danced to sultry music while sat in the driver's seat," writes (http://www.
As a spokesperson for Effective Hands Off SEO noted, the company has proven time and time again over the course of countless tests that having a blog network is the best way to ranking sites on demand.
The people of Turkey have opposed and resisted this dirty pending NATO war against Syria from the very start and they will continue to do so, concluding his article by repeating "NATO, hands off Syria
11 ( ANI ): Robert Pattinson could not manage to keep his hands off Kristen Stewart during a dinner party in New York, according to sources.
How many women can keep their hands off a piece of well-crafted gold jewellery?
And now England, as you will be keeping your hands off our shirt, please keep your hands off our manager too.
In his illuminating contribution to the Symposium, Professor Andrew Koppelman likewise aims to answer the basic question of "why it is regarded as appropriate for government to keep its hands off religious doctrine.