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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HANDING OUT

The brothers in the West must be more careful about handing out tickets.

Not all, for some were handing out everything eatable they had.

"Here's your nickel," said Tad, handing out a five-cent piece.

Let me not be misunderstood as handing out a bone, for an oppressive system.

“Here are the necessaries of life,” said Agatha, handing out a brush and comb.

Where did Al Cloud get that line of talk he was handing out, anyway?

You stand there handing out sass while hehe may be dying back there.

"Please send this to Miss Isaacson," he said, handing out a firm card.

Well, Jule went on, well soon see what comes of the signals of danger he is now handing out to us!

Berkeley was shameless in corrupting the representatives of the people by handing out jobs.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English hond, hand "hand; side; power, control, possession," from Proto-Germanic *khanduz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Dutch, German hand, Old Norse hönd, Gothic handus). The original Old English plural handa was superseded in Middle English by handen, later hands.

Meaning "person who does something with his hands" is from 1580s, hence "hired workman" (1630s) and "sailor in a ship's crew" (1660s). Clock and watch sense is from 1570s. Meaning "round of applause" is from 1838. The linear measure of 4 inches (originally 3) is from 1560s, now used only in giving the height of horses. The meaning "playing cards held in one player's hand" is from 1620s; that of "a round at a card game" is from 1620s.

First hand, second hand, etc. (mid-15c.) are from the notion of something being passed down from hand to hand. Out of hand (1590s) is opposite of in hand "under control" (c.1200). Hand over fist (1825) is suggestive of sailors and fishermen hauling in nets. Hand jive is from 1958. To win something hands down (1855) is from horse racing, from a jockey's gesture of letting the reins go loose in an easy victory.

To hand it to (someone) "acknowledge someone's ability" is slang from c.1906. Phrase on the one hand ... on the other hand is recorded from 1630s, a figurative use of the physical sense of hand in reference to position on one side or the other side of the body (as in the lefthand side), which goes back to Old English Hands up! as a command from a policeman, robber, etc., is from 1873. Hand-to-mouth is from c.1500. Hand-in-hand attested from c.1500 as "with hands clasped;" figurative sense of "concurrently" recorded from 1570s.

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