hand up


handed up; handing up; hands up

transitive verb

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

Examples of hand up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the indictment, which was handed up by a federal grand jury in Boston and unsealed several days ago, Gordei operates a freight forwarding firm in Hallandale Beach called Apelsin Logistics, a company that also maintains two websites that are registered and hosted in Russia. David Lyons, Sun Sentinel, 4 July 2024 The teen with the gun pointed at him had his hands up but lowered one of his hands toward his waist, at which point Myers is seen firing his weapon multiple times, according to the filing. Tesfaye Negussie, ABC News, 10 June 2024 Officers were heard in the video ordering the suspect to stop and to put his hands up. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 30 June 2024 In one instance of deployment, an officer in Hawthorne, California, points the tool and directs it around the legs of a person – who appears to put their hands up. Nushrat Rahman and Laura Herberg, Detroit Free Press, 28 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for hand up 

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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 19 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

hand up

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