Student or Learner
Would you be kind enough to tell me your expert opinion concerning the following 18 sentences?
1. I’ve been thinking for a long time that I ought to take a bigger hand in public life.
to take a hand in = participate, be involved
2. I don’t want to force his hand, but he should be made to see that this is the only right way.
force someone’s hand = compel someone to act or speak prematurely or against his or her will.
3. He’s playing a lone hand without much chance of success.
lone hand = a person who avoids the company or assistance of others
4. The book was at hand and so I read it.
at hand = close or near at hand = within easy reach, nearby
5. Tha hause changes hands many times.
change hands = pass from one owner to another
6. He wants to try his hands at designing.
try one’s hands = attempt to do something for the first time or
7. We must take this problem off her hands, she has enough to keep her busy as it is.
take this problem off her hands =
8. I take my life in my hands. (I take a serious risk)
9. He would not lift a hand for help.
10. Give me a hand with the dishes.
give me a hand = help me
11. I eat my morning meal from out of your hand...
to eat out of somebody’s hand = to be subservient to somebody
12. I've done all I can for him, and now I'm washing my hands.
to wash one’s hand of something = to shed all responsibility for something
13. Education and equality go hand in hand
to go hand in hand = to go together
14. I see it warn't a bit of use to try to go ahead—I'd got to throw up my hands.
to throw up one’s hands = to give up, indicate or express utter hopelessness
15. All hands on deck! (All sailors on deck!)
16. Your problem is that you have too much time on your hands.
to have time on one’s hands = to have free time
17 Nigel always felt he won hands down in a verbal fight.
to win hands downs = to win easily
18. When a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits inquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand.
at the hands of somebody = caused or done by a particular person - used about something bad or unpleasant that someone does
Thank you for your efforts.
Last edited by vil; 20-May-2009 at 09:11.