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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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Of the 40 horses in the yard, he's the one I can put hand on heart and know he'll win every year.
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Instead of asking the man to put hand to chin, the photographer could have just talked with him about the chart to capture a less strained response.
He observed that corrupt people have looted the country but no one put hand on them.
The investigation team interrogated several people of the area and put hand on Mr Hussain who confessed to have killed his son.
or 'did I make the decision because it was the right political decision or sentiment?' "I have to put hand on my heart and say it's the right rugby decision.
Mr Conductor also warned us not to put hand towels down the loo as we'd be 'paddling before we got out'.
Hand pulled past King on the last lap but his rival turned into him and put Hand on the grass.
Hundreds of youngsters, men and women, drew paintings, wrote peace messages and put hand impressions on a one-and-a-half-kilometer long wall on Wednesday (November 25) - saying the city stood united against any future attacks on this cosmopolitan fabric.
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Put hand tools in a bucket close to the door and ready for action, and place closed secateurs blades-down in a terracotta pot on a shelf out of reach of children.