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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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Of the 40 horses in the yard, he's the one I can put hand on heart and know he'll win every year.
When meeting nominees, use the standard Dale Carnegie-style, five-step intro routine (establish eye contact, smile, put hand out to shake, say hello, introduce yourself), then lie like hell about their film's Oscar prospects.
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.
However, he said such brave action needed a strong government system that could put hand on those involved and implement reforms in the society.
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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.
I can put hand on heart and say I didn't come off the pitch last Saturday thinking I could have done any more.
District Police Officer Rajanpur, Zahid Mehmood Gondal, told that the modus operandi of the outlaws was that they put hand grenades underground and exploded them by connecting it with wires.
People have asked if I'm nervous at the prospect of the biggest week of my career so far but I can put hand on heart and say I am not intimidated in the slightest by what lies ahead.
Can the council honestly put hand on heart and say Weoley Castle ruins, Blakesley Hall, Soho House, Aston Hall and Sarehole Mill are worth this kind of money?