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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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In court Wathen, who showed no reaction as he was jailed, said he put his hands round her throat to frighten her into seeing sense.
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She said: "All the time, he had his hands round my throat in a grip.
The defendant had both hands round her throat and she took a kitchen stool and hit him.
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Gareth Peterson (20), told the jury at Stafford Crown Court: 'The geezer came for Marcus and put his hands round his neck.
Nigella divorced Saatchi in a 70-second hearing in July after he was pictured with his hands round her neck at a restaurant in London the month before.
He smashed her head on the console and put his hands round her throat, asking if she had sex with the man at the club in London's Soho, the court heard.
Mr Harding said Shaw made a threat to kill his former partner and after pinning her down on the ground he put his hands round her neck and squeezed hard.