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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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"Being instructed that we may not hold hands was one of the final reasons my husband and I left the Catholic church," wrote Gigi Becker.
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If men are allowed to hold hands, how is it that a man and a woman can't hold hands?," he questioned.
They usually hold hands at a certain point instead of just a brief, embarrassed, you know, 'Peace,'" she laughed.
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I would like to comment on the January Glad You Asked ("Why do we hold hands during the Our Father?") by David Philippart.
And they bow their heads, hold hands, and sing the Our Father.
"They would meet there every day to sit on a loveseat and whisper and hold hands," says Rene Skaggs, Villa social service director.
Michelle and Melissa are pictured amid clothes and household goods at their garage sale in Los Angeles; Kristopher and Clara hold hands in two matching yellow rocking chairs in a backyard in Tulsa; Joanne and Betsy pose stiffly in their suburban New York den with their daughter Olivia, who holds a toy pony; Emily, "Sts," and Becky eat food out of plastic containers in their communal Durham, North Carolina, kitchen.
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Players standing on the circle are now asked to hold hands, forming a fence or pen surrounding the jamaquacks.
Children love to hold hands and see how many of them it takes to go all the way around.