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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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Hands Off HRI has agreed to launch a judicial review of the controversial plans.
Director Mary Marsh said: "Hands Off! encourages children to find someone to turn to if they are experiencing abuse or sexual bullying."
Hands Off HRI said his advice would include a very clear statement that the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) had overstepped the mark by approving the final business case to downgrade and shut Huddersfield hospital services without any clear financial or clinical evidence to back it up.
McLean said: "Many people involved in 'Hands Off Hibs' want to help the Airdrie fans.
The group arrived in Marsden to a welcoming committee by the Upper Colne Valley Hands Off HRI group, who organised a buffet for tired walkers.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Hands Off HRI said: "We will be demanding a full investigation and that officers, as well as the secretary of state for health, visit the local area and see for themselves the widespread misery this proposal will cause.
The original Hands Off HRI group did not endorse or take part in the march.
Founder member Karl Deitch was forced to call his group 'Original Hands Off HRI' after leading members of the committee departed and formed a splinter group dubbed 'Official Hands Off HRI' - taking much of the campaign material with them.
"I have been fighting these appalling plans alongside the community campaign group Hands Off HRI, led by Karl Deitch.
But a bizarre situation emerged with both sides continuing to claim they were 'Hands Off HRI.'.
Helen Kingston, of Hands Off HRI, said: "This is a chance for the public, those who have tirelessly supported this campaign, to get an update on what goes on that maybe they don't see."
Now Hands Off HRI, which is battling the closure of Huddersfield's A&E, has its own official anthem.