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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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Lemon Crme Fraiche Zest the lemon and chop finely and add to the juice of the lemon Combine the crme fraiche with the lemon juice and zest Serve the crab cakes with salad on the side and hand round the chilli jam and crme fraiche.
"He had put his hand round my throat during sex before and squeezed so hard he left me bruised.
"Then my husband came into the room with a hand round his neck, dripping blood."
She told him she didn't want him to visit any more, there was an argument and he grabbed her by the jaw and put his hand round her neck and punched her.
On the other hand round about 600 families have shifted to Mardan District and adjoining areas from District Buner.
But at least the Hoops boss didn't have to hand round permy markers at half-time to make his side design an alternative strip.