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She sat waiting, resting her chin in the palm of her hand.
The captain slapped his palm on the desk.
a beach of white sand fringed with coconut palms
He had the audience in the palm of his hand.
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a small digital image … which is used in electronic communication to express emotion or other simple concepts
a complete failure
to have or do a lot of something; to focus on a particular thing
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Definition of palm from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.