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    Is there a word/phrase for locking one's hands to give someone a boost? I remember when playing as a young child, we would lock our hands to let another use it as a step (I'm not sure if I'm describing this accurately) to reach something high.

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    #2

    Re: boost

    You have it exactly right.

    "Could you give me a boost, please?"
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: boost

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You have it exactly right.

    "Could you give me a boost, please?"
    Thank you, Barb_D! So it is locking hands and not fingers to make the hand-step (is that even a word?), right? I always get confused which is correct.

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    Re: boost

    Quote Originally Posted by smk View Post
    Thank you, Barb_D! So it is locking hands and not fingers to make the hand-step (is that even a word?), right? I always get confused which is correct.
    Locking fingers is doing this: http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._3628635_n.jpg

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    Re: boost

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post

    Wow! No, no, no...that is not what I had in my head! Then it is 'locking hands'!

    How about interlacing fingers?

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    #6

    Re: boost

    In BrE, we also refer to "giving someone a bunk-up". I can't think of a word to describe what you actually do with your hands though. The whole process is just known as a "bunk-up" or a "boost".

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    #7

    Re: boost

    If you're getting on a horse, it is called giving someone "a leg up."

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    Re: boost

    Quote Originally Posted by smk View Post
    Wow! No, no, no...that is not what I had in my head! Then it is 'locking hands'!

    How about interlacing fingers?
    "Interlocked" could be what you are looking for.

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