December 1, 2011 - Word of the Day
The word "hand" usually refers to that part of the body that's at the end of an arm and is used for touching, feeling, and manipulating objects.
- You have a left hand and a right hand.
- Your hands do a lot of different things during the course of an average day.
- I use my hands for just about everything that I do.
When used as a noun, "hand" sometimes means assistance.
Can you give me a hand?
- Why don't you give her a hand with those heavy boxes?
- I can use a hand moving this table.
- Can I give you a hand with that?
We also use "hand" as a verb when giving something to someone (hand = give):
- Would you hand me that screwdriver, please?
- The mail carrier handed me an envelope.
- Hand in your homework.
As an idiom, you often hear "hand" used with "on" or "off."
- He takes a hands-on approach to managing his business. (He supervises and participates in the business.)
- She's very hands-off when it comes to the raising of her children. (She's lets the kids do what they want to do, or she doesn't get very involved.)