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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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Before he put his hand around her throat she was calling out, but when he had his hand around her throat she went quiet.
And maybe it took 40,000 packed bodies to ignite the mood at the final rally, where the crowd sang, did the wave, and passed flags from hand to hand around the stadium in a moment of collective euphoria.
Words were exchanged before, in front of astonished members of the Danish press, the pair wrestled each other to the ground with Tofting's hand around his team-mate's throat.
Words were exchanged before the pair wrestled each other to the ground with Tofting's hand around his team-mate's throat.
Interacting with the cellist, Navas traced his hand around the musician as if swathing himself in the fabric of the music.
They can place their hand around a cup, but they can't grasp it.