black hand

noun, often capitalized B&H

Definition of black hand 

: a lawless secret society engaged in criminal activities (such as terrorism or extortion)

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blackhander \ˈblak-ˌhan-dər \ noun

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The Iconic has black hands; options for the custom versions include white, silver gold or black. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "A tale of two timepieces: Rolex ropes the rose-gold rainbow, Baume gets earth-friendly with new watch," 7 June 2018 One posting showed a flyer for a forum on interracial relationships, with the crosshairs of a firearm imposed over a black hand intertwined with a white one. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Commissioner says Boston firefighter fired over social media posts," 15 May 2018 Graser pointed to one of the gang's symbol, the black hand of death, and its reputation for assault and murder. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Convicted drug trafficker argues trial shouldn't have included alleged Mexican Mafia ties," 6 Mar. 2018 Its bold, black hands point to the bold, black hours marking a glass face, whose design extends into beams that resemble the rays of a bright sun. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Just in time: Detroit's Penobscot Building clock is fixed," 12 Feb. 2018 The cleats featured a black hand and a white hand shaking and said ‘stay united, not divided’ on them. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte man helps Panthers players tell their stories through ... custom cleats?," 6 Oct. 2017 Observations ▪ Linebacker Shaq Thompson wore a pair of custom powder-blue cleats that featured a white hand shaking a black hand and a message of unity, following the wave of demonstrations across the NFL in the last week. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Graham Gano puts seal on Cam Newton’s season-best game in victory over Patriots," 1 Oct. 2017 Five o'clock: Dump trucks and conveyer belts stiffen like workers on washroom stools who stare into their brown or black hands, or who close their eyes, savoring already that lager's cold burn against their throats. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "The Poems Of Daniel Donaghy: Poet Of The Inner City," 17 Oct. 2017 Jeb Bush's Campaign Photo Why has Jeb never mentioned his black hand? Esquire Editors, Esquire, "The 10 Worst Photoshop Fails of 2015," 15 Dec. 2015

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First Known Use of black hand

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for black hand

Black Hand, a Sicilian and Italian-American secret society of the late 19th and 20th centuries

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