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‘Hand’ as a noun

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Hand’ as a noun.


“Go and wash your hands, dear,” said Mrs Brown patiently.

From ‘Just William’, by Richmal Crompton.


They asked me to take it on trust and put myself unreservedly in their hands.

From ‘Mr Standfast’, by John Buchan.


To hold two frightened mules, one with either hand, is a feat for a Hercules.

From ‘The Great Boer War’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


As is so often the case, she had married the very worst of those who sought her hand.

From ‘Barchester Towers’, by Anthony Trollope.


Billy Windsor, placing a firm hand on his collar, led him to the door and pushed him out.

From ‘Psmith, Journalist’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


He saw her concern, and coming to her, took her hand, pressed it, and kissed it with grateful respect.

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.

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