a show of hands

noun phrase

: an occurrence in which people put a hand in the air to indicate that they want something, agree with something, etc.
Let me see a show of hands: how many people want a piece of cake?

Examples of a show of hands in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The founder of Changing Lanes, a charismatic veteran named Delbert, asked for a show of hands: How many people definitely wanted to do long-haul trucking? Emily Gogolak, Harper's Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024 After ascertaining by a show of hands that half of those present had never even run a 5K, Itzler began with a story of overcoming. Tad Friend, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 At the town hall in Montego Bay, a show of hands indicated most attendees supported the move. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, 5 May 2023 At one conference in 2011 there was even a show of hands to see what fraction of the audience believed that the Lorimer burst was real. Duncan Lorimer, Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2018

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“A show of hands.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20show%20of%20hands. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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