1. hands, custody, guardianship, keeping, safekeeping

usage: (with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child; "my fate is in your hands"; "too much power in the president's hands"; "your guests are now in my custody"; "the mother was awarded custody of the children"

2. work force, workforce, manpower, hands, men, force, personnel

usage: the force of workers available


1. hands, custody, guardianship, keeping, safekeeping

usage: the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; "he had the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt"

2. work force, workforce, manpower, hands, men, force, personnel

usage: a hired laborer on a farm or ranch; "the hired hand fixed the railing"; "a ranch hand"

3. hand, manus, mitt, paw, extremity

usage: something written by hand; "she recognized his handwriting"; "his hand was illegible"

4. hired hand, hand, hired man, laborer, manual laborer, labourer, jack

usage: ability; "he wanted to try his hand at singing"

5. handwriting, hand, script, writing

usage: a position given by its location to the side of an object; "objections were voiced on every hand"

6. hand, ability, power

usage: the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time; "I didn't hold a good hand all evening"; "he kept trying to see my hand"

7. hand, side

usage: one of two sides of an issue; "on the one hand..., but on the other hand..."

8. hand, deal, collection, aggregation, accumulation, assemblage

usage: a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece; "the big hand counts the minutes"

9. hand, side

usage: a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses; "the horse stood 20 hands"

10. hand, pointer

usage: a member of the crew of a ship; "all hands on deck"

11. hand, handbreadth, handsbreadth

usage: a card player in a game of bridge; "we need a 4th hand for bridge"

12. hand, sailor, crewman

usage: a round of applause to signify approval; "give the little lady a great big hand"

13. bridge player, hand, card player

usage: terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates (e.g. apes or kangaroos); "the kangaroo's forearms seem undeveloped but the powerful five-fingered hands are skilled at feinting and clouting"- Springfield (Mass.) Union

14. hand, applause, hand clapping, clapping

usage: physical assistance; "give me a hand with the chores"


1. pass, hand, reach, pass on, turn over, give, transfer

usage: place into the hands or custody of; "hand me the spoon, please"; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"

2. hand, lead, take, direct, conduct, guide

usage: guide or conduct or usher somewhere; "hand the elderly lady into the taxi"

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