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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, a new piece of software to bypass this password system could fall into the hands of hackers and be modified to unlock other devices.
They used a transportable oven technology to destroy hundreds of bombs and artillery rounds filled with deadly mustard agent, which American officials had feared could fall into the hands of terrorists.
The daily reported on Friday that although France has not yet officially announced that the deal has been put on ice, French daily Le Nouvel Observateur has cited unnamed sources familiar with this case as saying that the deal has been frozen "due to Israeli pressures exerted on the Elysee Palace to refrain from handing over these missiles to the Lebanese army fearing these rockets might fall into the hands of Hizbullah".
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Summary: Washington - Polisario's fall into the hands of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) will increase the instability in a part of the world that is of great strategic value to the West," warned the online US newspaper, Dscriber.com, on Monday.
Summary: Israel fears that some military aid granted to Lebanon by the United States may fall into the hands of Hezbollah, the Shiite armed-group with which it fought a war three years ago, Defense Minister
There had been fears its arms would fall into the hands of al Qaida-linked Somali insurgents.
The group becomes terrorized as they fall into the hands of an elitist group of scientists, working with the government in a secret plan of alien experimentation.
Pakistan's nuclear materials could fall into the hands of Islamic militants as the country's instability deepens in the wake of Benazir Bhutto's assassination, some security experts fear.