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dab hand

  

      n     (Brit)  
informal   a person who is particularly skilled at something; expert  
a dab hand at chess     
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hand  
      n  
1   
a    the prehensile part of the body at the end of the arm, consisting of a thumb, four fingers, and a palm  
b    the bones of this part  
   Related adj       manual  
2    the corresponding or similar part in animals  
3    something resembling this in shape or function  
4   
a    the cards dealt to one or all players in one round of a card game  
b    a player holding such cards  
c    one round of a card game  
5    agency or influence  
the hand of God     
6    a part in something done  
he had a hand in the victory     
7    assistance  
to give someone a hand with his work     
8    a pointer on a dial, indicator, or gauge, esp. on a clock  
the minute hand     
9    acceptance or pledge of partnership, as in marriage  
he asked for her hand, he gave me his hand on the merger     
10    a position or direction indicated by its location to the side of an object or the observer  
on the right hand, on every hand     
11    a contrastive aspect, condition, etc. (in the phrases on the one hand, on the other hand)  
12    (preceded by an ordinal number) source or origin  
a story heard at third hand     
13    a person, esp. one who creates something  
a good hand at painting     
14    a labourer or manual worker  
we've just taken on a new hand at the farm     
15    a member of a ship's crew  
all hands on deck     
16      (Printing)      another name for       index       9  
17    a person's handwriting  
the letter was in his own hand     
18    a round of applause  
give him a hand     
19    ability or skill  
a hand for woodwork     
20    a manner or characteristic way of doing something  
the hand of a master     
21    a unit of length measurement equalling four inches, used for measuring the height of horses, usually from the front hoof to the withers  
22    a cluster or bundle, esp. of bananas  
23    a shoulder of pork  
24    one of the two possible mirror-image forms of an asymmetric object, such as the direction of the helix in a screw thread  
25    a free hand   freedom to do as desired  
26    a hand's turn   usually used with a negative   a small amount of work  
he hasn't done a hand's turn     
27    a heavy hand   tyranny, persecution, or oppression  
he ruled with a heavy hand     
28    a high hand   an oppressive or dictatorial manner  
29    (near) at hand   very near or close, esp. in time  
30    at someone's hand(s)   from  
the acts of kindness received at their hands     
31    by hand  
a    by manual rather than mechanical means  
b    by messenger or personally  
the letter was delivered by hand     
32    come to hand   to become available; be received  
33    force someone's hand   to force someone to act  
34    from hand to hand   from one person to another  
35    from hand to mouth  
a    in poverty  
living from hand to mouth     
b    without preparation or planning  
36    hand and foot   in all ways possible; completely  
they waited on him hand and foot     
37    hand in glove   in an intimate relationship or close association  
38    hand in hand  
a    together; jointly  
b    clasping each other's hands  
39    hand over fist   steadily and quickly; with rapid progress  
he makes money hand over fist     
40    hold one's hand   to stop or postpone a planned action or punishment  
41    hold someone's hand   to support, help, or guide someone, esp. by giving sympathy or moral support  
42    in hand  
a    in possession  
b    under control  
c    receiving attention or being acted on  
d    available for use; in reserve  
e    with deferred payment  
he works a week in hand     
43    keep one's hand in   to continue or practise  
44    lend a hand   to help  
45    on hand   close by; present  
I'll be on hand to help you     
46    out of hand  
a    beyond control  
b    without reservation or deeper examination  
he condemned him out of hand     
47    set one's hand to  
a    to sign (a document)  
b    to start (a task or undertaking)  
48    show one's hand   to reveal one's stand, opinion, or plans  
49    take in hand   to discipline; control  
50    throw one's hand in      See       throw in       3  
51    to hand   accessible  
52    try one's hand   to attempt to do something  
53    modifier  
a    of or involving the hand  
a hand grenade     
b    made to be carried in or worn on the hand  
hand luggage     
c    operated by hand  
a hand drill     
54    in combination   made by hand rather than by a machine  
hand-sewn     
      vb   tr  
55    to transmit or offer by the hand or hands  
56    to help or lead with the hand  
57      (Nautical)   to furl (a sail)  
58    hand it to someone   to give credit to someone,   (See also)        hand down       hand in       hand-off       hand on       hand-out       hand over       hands  
     (Old English hand; related to Old Norse hönd, Gothic handus, Old High German hant)  
  handless      adj  
  handlike      adj  


Black Hand  
      n  
1    a group of Sicilian blackmailers and terrorists formed in the 1870s and operating in the U.S. in the early 20th century  
2    (in 19th-century Spain) an organization of anarchists  
charge hand  
      n     (Brit)   a workman whose grade of responsibility is just below that of a foreman  
club hand  
      n  
1    a deformity of the hand, analogous to club foot  
2    a hand so deformed  
  club-handed      adj  
court hand  
      n   a style of handwriting formerly used in English law courts  
dab hand  
      n     (Brit)  
informal   a person who is particularly skilled at something; expert  
a dab hand at chess     
dead hand  
      n  
1    an oppressive or discouraging influence or factor  
the dead hand of centralized control     
2      (Law)      a less common word for       mortmain  
deck hand  
      n  
1    a seaman assigned various duties, such as mooring and cargo handling, on the deck of a ship  
2    (in Britain) a seaman over 17 years of age who has seen sea duty for at least one year  
3    a helper aboard a yacht  
farm hand  
      n   a person who is hired to work on a farm  
first-hand  
      adj  
      adv  
1    from the original source; direct or directly  
first-hand news, he got the news first-hand     
2    at first hand   from the original source; directly  
four-in-hand  
      n  
1      (Also called)    tally-ho   a road vehicle drawn by four horses and driven by one driver  
2    a four-horse team in a coach or carriage  
3    a long narrow tie formerly worn tied in a flat slipknot with the ends dangling  
free hand  
      n  
1    unrestricted freedom to act (esp. in the phrase give (someone) a free hand)  
      adj  
      adv   , freehand  
2    (done) by hand without the use of guiding instruments  
a freehand drawing     
glad hand  
      n  
1   
a    a welcoming hand  
b    a welcome  
      vb  
  glad-hand  
2    tr   to welcome by or as if by offering a hand  
hand down  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to leave to a later period or generation; bequeath  
2    to pass (an outgrown garment) on from one member of a family to a younger one  
3      (U.S. and Canadian law)   to announce or deliver (a verdict)  
hand glass  
      n  
1    a magnifying glass with a handle  
2    a small mirror with a handle  
3    a small glazed frame for seedlings or plants  
hand grenade  
      n   a small metal or plastic canister containing explosives, usually activated by a short fuse and used in close combat  
hand-held  
      adj  
1    held in position by the hand  
2    (of a film camera) held rather than mounted, as in close-up action shots  
3    (of a computer) able to be held in the hand and not requiring connection to a fixed power source  
hand in  
      vb   tr, adv   to return or submit (something, such as an examination paper)  
hand-knit  
      adj     (also)   
  hand-knitted  
1    knitted by hand, not on a machine  
      vb   , -knits, -knitting, -knitted, -knit  
2    to knit (garments) by hand  
hand-loomed  
      adj   (of a garment) made on a hand loom  
hand-me-down  
      n  
Informal  
1   
a    something, esp. an outgrown garment, passed down from one person to another  
b    (as modifier)  
a hand-me-down dress     
2   
a    anything that has already been used by another  
b    (as modifier)  
hand-me-down ideas     
hand-off     (Rugby)  
      n  
1    the act of warding off an opposing player with the open hand  
      vb  
  hand off  
2    tr, adv   to ward off (an opponent) using a hand-off  
hand on  
      vb   tr, adv   to pass to the next in a succession  
hand organ  
      n      another name for       barrel organ  
hand-out  
      n   pl   , hand-outs  
1    clothing, food, or money given to a needy person  
2    a leaflet, free sample, etc., given out to publicize something  
3    a statement or other document distributed to the press or an audience to confirm, supplement, or replace an oral presentation  
      vb  
  hand out   tr, adv  
4    to distribute  
hand over  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to surrender possession of; transfer  
      n  
  handover  
2    a transfer, surrender  
hand-pick  
      vb   tr   to choose or select with great care, as for a special job or purpose  
  hand-picked      adj  
hand-piece  
      n     (Austral. and N.Z)   hand-held, power-operated shears used by a shearer  
   See also       comb       3  
hand's-breadth  
      n      another name for       handbreadth  
hand setting  
      n     (Printing)   text matter composed in metal type by hand, rather than by machine  
hand-to-hand  
      adj  
      adv   at close quarters  
they fought hand-to-hand     
hand-to-mouth  
      adj  
      adv   with barely enough money or food to satisfy immediate needs  
a hand-to-mouth existence     
helping hand  
      n   assistance  
many people lent a helping hand in making arrangements for the party     
hidden hand  
      n   an unknown force or influence believed to be the cause of certain, often unfortunate, events  
hour hand  
      n   the pointer on a timepiece that indicates the hour  
   Compare       minute hand       second hand  
iron hand  
      n   harsh or rigorous control; overbearing or autocratic force  
he ruled with an iron hand     
left-hand  
      adj   prenominal  
1    of, relating to, located on, or moving towards the left  
this car is left-hand drive, a left-hand bend     
2    for use by the left hand; left-handed  
lone hand  
      n  
1    (in card games such as euchre) an independent player or hand played without a partner  
2    play a lone hand   to operate without assistance  
minute hand  
      n   the pointer on a timepiece that indicates minutes, typically the longer hand of two  
   Compare       hour hand       second hand  
note of hand  
      n      another name for       promissory note  
old hand  
      n  
1    a person who is skilled at something through long experience  
2      (Austral)  
informal   (in the nineteenth century) an ex-convict  
3      (Austral)  
informal   a person who is long established in a place  
right-hand  
      adj   prenominal  
1    of, relating to, located on, or moving towards the right  
a right-hand bend, this car has right-hand drive     
2    for use by the right hand; right-handed  
3    right-hand man   one's most valuable assistant or supporter  
round hand  
      n   a style of handwriting with large rounded curves  
   Compare       italic       copperplate       3  
second hand  
      n   a pointer on the face of a timepiece that indicates the seconds  
   Compare       hour hand       minute hand  
second-hand  
      adj  
1    previously owned or used  
2    not from an original source or experience  
3    dealing in or selling goods that are not new  
a second-hand car dealer     
      adv  
4    from a source of previously owned or used goods  
he prefers to buy second-hand     
5    not directly  
he got the news second-hand     
shed hand  
      n     (Chiefly Austral. and N.Z)   a worker in a sheepshearing shed  
sleight of hand  
      n  
1    manual dexterity used in performing conjuring tricks  
2    the performance of such tricks  
sweep hand  
      n     (Horology)   a long hand that registers seconds or fractions of seconds on the perimeter of the dial  
upper hand  
      n   the. the position of control; advantage (esp. in the phrases have or get the upper hand)  
whip hand  
      n   usually preceded by: the  
1    (in driving horses) the hand holding the whip  
2    advantage or dominating position  

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dab hand

  
  
ace     (informal)   adept, buff     (informal)   dabster     (dialect)   expert, hotshot     (informal)   maven     (U.S.)   past master, whizz     (informal)   wizard  

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hand  
      n  
1    fist, hook, meathook     (slang)   mitt     (slang)   palm, paw     (informal)  
2    agency, direction, influence, part, participation, share  
3    aid, assistance, help, support  
4    artificer, artisan, craftsman, employee, hired man, labourer, operative, worker, workman  
5    calligraphy, chirography, handwriting, longhand, penmanship, script  
6    clap, ovation, round of applause  
7    ability, art, artistry, skill  
8    at or on hand      approaching, at one's fingertips, available, close, handy, imminent, just round the corner, near, nearby, on tap     (informal)   ready, within reach  
9    from hand to mouth      by necessity, improvidently, in poverty, insecurely, on the breadline     (informal)   precariously, uncertainly  
10    hand in glove      allied, in cahoots     (informal)   in league, in partnership  
11    hand over fist      by leaps and bounds, easily, steadily, swiftly  
12    in hand:     
a    in order, receiving attention, under control  
b    available for use, in reserve, put by, ready  
      vb  
13    deliver, hand over, pass  
14    aid, assist, conduct, convey, give, guide, help, lead, present, transmit  


dab hand     
ace     (informal)   adept, buff     (informal)   dabster     (dialect)   expert, hotshot     (informal)   maven     (U.S.)   past master, whizz     (informal)   wizard  
first-hand     
direct, straight from the horse's mouth  
free hand  
      n   authority, blank cheque, carte blanche, discretion, freedom, latitude, liberty, scope  
hand down      , on  
bequeath, give, grant, pass on or down, transfer, will  
hand-me-down  
      adj   cast-off, handed down, inherited, passed on, reach-me-down     (informal)   second-hand, used, worn  
hand-out  
1    alms, charity, dole  
2    bulletin, circular, free sample, leaflet, literature     (informal)   mailshot, press release  
hand out     
deal out, disburse, dish out     (informal)   dispense, disseminate, distribute, give out, mete  
hand over     
deliver, donate, fork out or up     (slang)   present, release, surrender, transfer, turn over, yield  
hand-picked     
choice, chosen, elect, elite, recherché, select, selected  
  
Antonyms     
   haphazard, indiscriminate, random, run-of-the-mill, wholesale  
old hand     
expert, old soldier, old-timer, one of the old school, past master, veteran  
second-hand  
1   
      adj   handed down, hand-me-down     (informal)   nearly new, reach-me-down     (informal)   used  
2   
      adv   at second-hand, indirectly, on the grapevine     (informal)  
sleight of hand     
adroitness, artifice, dexterity, legerdemain, manipulation, prestidigitation, skill  
upper hand     
advantage, ascendancy, control, dominion, edge, mastery, superiority, supremacy, sway, whip hand  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
To position ones self, or an object like your rusty old car, in a place that is not only open and clearly visible to all, it is unavoidably in just about everyone's way.
[Slang] "You can't miss him, he's over there, parked in his POS Volvo, smack dab in the middle of the road!" source : Urban Dictionary
n.
a technology item that a young person no longer uses and hands over to an older person, after having purchased a last generation product
[Bus.];[Tech.]
n.
hand gesture of approval
v.
wave hand as a sign of rejection, disapproval or lack of interest
n.
Marriage between a man of royal or noble birth and a woman of lesser status, with the stipulation that wife and children have no claims to his titles or possessions or dignity. Still common at the beginning of the 20th C., the practice is now rare. Syn. Morganatic marriage, marriage of the left hand
[Hist.] So-called, because at the nuptial ceremony the husband gives his left hand to the bride, rather than his right, when saying, “I take thee for my wedded wife.”
n.
avoir le dessus
n.
carte blanche
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