hand up


handed up; handing up; hands up

transitive verb

of a jury
: to deliver (an indictment) to a judge or higher judicial authority

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Avoid raising the hand up; be careful to keep your forearm on the box and move only at the wrist. Brett Williams, Men's Health, 19 Apr. 2023 In the simplest of terms, CAFF is the family’s promise to help others with a hand up. Lori Nickel, Journal Sentinel, 11 Apr. 2023 As far as first impressions go, Hudson’s hands are clasped together in a manner that seems appropriate for scheming, and there’s something a little insincere about the way Norton has his hand up. Vulture, 22 Aug. 2022 Harris sometimes could be seen putting her hand up, as if to request a senator not approach too closely, but there were times when individuals, masked and unmasked, did approach her. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 7 Apr. 2022 This week kicks off The Republic's annual Season for Sharing campaign, which over the years has raised millions for local non-profits that give our needy friends and neighbors a hand up. The Arizona Republic, 15 Nov. 2021 Throw a hand up in the air. Chris Willman, Variety, 31 Mar. 2023 Allocco cut off Kaluma’s path to the basket, stayed with him on a pivot and got a hand up as Kaluma lofted a fadeaway jumper that nestled through the net. The New York Times, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2023 Those who have benefited from its best practices are more than willing to devise a road map. 'Overwhelmingly white' Any head coaching success story will involve some degree of timing, luck – and a hand up. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hand up was in 1970

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“Hand up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hand%20up. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

Legal Definition

hand up

transitive verb
: to deliver (an indictment) to a judge or higher judicial authority
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