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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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Hand to Mouth begins with a long and beautiful autobiographical essay, entitled "Hand to Mouth," chronicling Auster's early life in terms of one variable, money, which is notable mostly for its absence.
The youth, who had been living hand to mouth, was found asleep by a couple outside their cafe in Payakumbuh, West Sumatra.
Do you really want to live hand to mouth for the rest of your life or will you MAKE a stand against the Blues, Reds and Yellows who have no care for anyone save themselves?
One asks why he isn't barred from attending at all and what do these unelected people do to justify this sort of money when millions of people are living hand to mouth? It's no wonder one Labour politician threw aside his long-held principles and accepted a peerage, with that sort of daily amount being paid.
Friends have spoken of the tragic couple's struggle to access the correct benefits - leaving them living "hand to mouth" on food handouts from a Coventry soup kitchen which they walked five miles to each week.
How do they think the ordinary people in India living hand to mouth every day feel?
While Whild says the current financial climate means the Reds face "a hand to mouth existence", especially as they await pounds 20,000 sponsorship money from shirt sponsors Kool Sport, he is confident they are not about to go bust.
Nigel Brittle, of Combined Insurance, said: "Many people are simply living from hand to mouth. The nation is living on the edge."
Like the tactile weight of morsels being passed from hand to mouth, Isegawa feeds readers grains of wisdom in the form of well-placed words and deeds.
Those maximum blood-lead levels tend to peak at about age 2, when children typically explore their environment "hand to mouth" and are most likely to ingest lead-tainted debris and dirt.