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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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'For the benefit of doubt, the sale of handouts has been banned for more than two decades at the Polytechnic and no lecturer sells handout to students no matter the situation.
The IMF handout stated that Lagarde had a good and constructive meeting with Imran, during which 'we discussed recent economic developments and prospects for Pakistan in the context of ongoing discussions towards an IMF-supported programme'.
The handout said the accused maintained several personal and benami bank accounts and made transitions worth millions of rupees.
One of the ways suggested by several authors is to allow the access to the slides either in electronic format or the in print format as handouts. [1,3-6] To prevent students from getting already prejudiced with the coming class, the notes have been prepared in such a way that, they are only the basic outlines of the slides and elaborate presentations was done only during the class.
There are currently 4,779 families abroad claiming handouts for 7,673 children - 63% of them live in Poland.
The bulk of the annual handout goes to expats in Spain with Au8.7 million, followed by Ireland Au5.5 million, France Au5.1 million and Cyprus Au1.4 million.
A handout for new teachers doing the rounds offers some unusual guidance to female teachers whose husbands also teach at the American Embassy School.
He has said the Conservatives will reward married couples with two or more children with a taxpayers' handout of PS2,400 per year to help them pay for childcare.
For example if we charge just Dh 16 per packet during a handout be assured, it would cost much more if sold outside commercially," says Samer Harkous, the Lebanese Business Development Executive of City Chef, the catering company that also distributes pre-cooked food to several hypermarkets across the UAE, including Carrefour.
Scrap the $2 billion annual handout, and help return the budget to surplus in a way that doesn't harm ordinary Australians.
In the current study, extensive prestudy material was provided through a handout using texts based on a similar topic to the target unit, with topic-related activities to develop certain reading skills - especially figuring out the meaning of unknown words - finding the main idea of the text, making inferences, and drawing conclusions from a particular part of the text before every unit.
A handout distributed by the foreign office of Turkmenistan to the media describes the pipeline as "a logical continuation of the consistent foreign policy of Turkmenistan to diversify its natural gas infrastructure."