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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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The unpopular plans to shift the majority of care to Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax triggered enormous opposition when they were announced over two years ago and more than PS70,000 has been raised by Hands off HRI to fight the decision through the courts.
At one stage they were fearful that threats to chop their hands off would be carried out when one of the men raised the machete and swung it downwards.
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I hope that one way or another we will shortly prise Spanish hands off the throat of our colony, because what is now taking place is infamous," he added.
The state is to keep its hands off religion precisely for the sake of religion, because religion will be damaged by contact with the state.
Overall, 146 countries and territories have renounced the death penalty to some extent, either through outright abolition or a moratorium, Hands Off Cain said.
Alleging that historically Armenian lands were stolen during the genocide, protesters chanted, ``Eastern Turkey is Western Armenia'' and ``Get your hands off my lands.
Keep your hands off the cooler assembly when removing or installing the TRU.
The chocolate variety is delicious, but even the biggest chocoholics will be unable to keep their hands off the gluten-free vanilla ones with their perfect hint of the extract.
I think it would be a very good idea to send a message to the judiciary they ought to keep their hands off the Pledge of Allegiance," fumed House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
We will cut the hands off anyone who comes near us.
After discussing the revised scenario with game officials, who agreed to go along, Frantz told his quarterback to give Jake the ball while DeWitt instructed his defense to keep hands off Jake.