1 [countable] the part of your body at the end of each arm that you use for picking up and holding things
Mrs. Bennet put her hands over her ears to shut out the noise.
have/hold something in your hand: He was holding a cup of coffee in his left hand.
hold someone’s hand: He sat by the bed and held her hand.
take someone by the hand: George took her by the hand and helped her out of the car.
hold hands (=hold each other’s hands): The park was full of young couples holding hands.
hand in hand (=holding each other’s hand): They walked along the cliff top hand in hand.
shake hands: The two men introduced themselves and shook hands.
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