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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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In the most recent move, the government has re- moved five groups from the list of cash hand-out beneficiaries.
In order to compensate for the rise in prices and its possible socio-economic consequences, a scheme was introduced to provide cash hand-outs to the economically vulnerable members of society from the resources freed up by subsidy cuts.
There will always be people who will need hand-outs even in rich countries like the United States.
With the latest news on the BBC being released to the public, it is very worrying to know that the management and people at the top, are pre-fixing their hand-outs, bonus payments and gold plated pension pots at exceptionally high amounts - all at the expense of the public.
Even after the figures have been adjusted for inflation, the hand-outs they receive are pitiful - and some discover that in 1949 they wouldn't have been entitled to anything at all.
Also, the recent proposal that only the first two children will receive state hand-outs.
At the hand-over, Hon Clara Bohitile, Deputy Chairman on the hotel's board said the children at this special school have the same rights as able-bodied or privileged children and therefore deserved hand-outs every now and then.
The new funds are expected to help over 310,000 people in the Senegalese regions of Casamance, Tambacounda, Kedougou and Matam, through targeted food hand-outs, vouchers and a food for work programme in which 34,500 people will receive food aid in exchange for work in building or renovating the agricultural infrastructure used to produce and store food.
Five members of precinct election commissions were taken hostage in the city of Osh today, CEC member Jarkyn Bapanova said at CEC session.126 members of 26 precinct election commission completed training today and then headed to Osh city election commission close to Osh mayor's office in order to obtain hand-outs necessary for preparation of the referendum.At that moment several Kyrgyz women took 6 women of Uzbek background hostages, including one chair of the precinct election commission and drove them away in unknown direction.
LIVERPOOL students shared more than pounds 3m in emergency "lifeline" hand-outs in just over two years, a Daily Post investigation can reveal.