25+3 IDIOMS THÚ VỊ VỚI “HAND”
- By hand– made by a person and not a machine
E.g. The fabric was painted by hand.
- At hand/handy– nearby
E.g. I like to keep my vocabulary at hand.
- On hand– present, available.
E.g. Are there enough people on hand to hold a meeting?
We have lots of people on hand to help you with this project.
- Out of hand– out of control.
E.g. Employee absenteeism has gotten out of hand.
- First hand– to experience something yourself.
E.g. I never knew how hard it was to play the guitar, until I tried it first-hand.
- Second hand– not from the original source/ used object.
E.g. Tom advised him not to buy the second hand car
- On the one hand…On the other hand– Compare two aspects of a situation.
E.g. On the one hand she is beautiful, from another hand she talks too much.
- Know like the back of your hand– very well.
E.g. She’ll give you the name of a place to stay – she knows the area like the back of her hand.
- Give a hand/ lend a hand– to help somebody physically.
E.g. Could you lend me a hand with this piano?
- Hands down– obviously, without a doubt/easily, decisively.
E.g. Tom was hands-down the best student at the university.
- Force someone’s hand– compel them to act prematurely or involuntarily.
E.g. They decided to strike to force the management’s hand.
- Get your hands dirty– to engage in a important activity that may not be pleasant.
E.g. He’s not frightened of getting his hands dirty.
- Hand something up– to present it to a higher authority, such as grand jury to a judge.
E.g. Please hand up this coffee to Carl.
- Have (someone’s) blood on (one’s) hands –To be the cause of (someone’s) death; to bear the guilt or responsibility of (someone’s) death or injury.
E.g. The police now have blood on their hands after their crack down on protesters turned violent.
- Heavy-handed– using too much of something in a way that can cause damage
E.g. Don’t be too heavy-handed with the salt.
- To be underhandedis to be deceitful.
E.g. I promise you there’s nothing underhand about this agreement.
- Hold/put your hands up – to admit that you have made a mistake or are responsible for something bad
E.g. I have to hold my hands up and admit that some of the problems have been all my own fault.
- In somebody’s capable, safe, etc. hands – being taken care of or dealt with by somebody that you think you can rely on
E.g. Can I leave these queries in your capable hands?
- In the hands of somebody, in somebody’s hands – being taken care of or controlled by somebody
E.g. The matter is now in the hands of my lawyer.
- In safe hands, in the safe hands of somebody – being taken care of well by somebody
E.g. Their problem was in the safe hands of the experts.
- Keep your hand in – to occasionally do something that you used to do a lot so that you do not lose your skill at it
E.g. She retired last year but still teaches the odd class to keep her hand in.
- Take your courage in both hands – to make yourself do something that you are afraid of
E.g. Taking her courage in both hands, she opened the door and walked in.
- Take the law into your own hands – to do something illegal in order to punish somebody for doing something wrong, instead of letting the police deal with them
E.g. After a series of burglaries in the area, the police are worried that residents might take the law into their own hands.
- Take your life in your hands – to risk being killed
E.g. You take your life in your hands just crossing the road here.
- Turn your hand to something – to start doing something or be able to do something, especially when you do it well
E.g. Jim can turn his hand to most jobs around the house.
- Wait on somebody hand and foot – to take care of somebody’s needs so well that they do not have to do anything for themselves
E.g. He seems to expect me to wait on him hand and foot.
- Wash your hands of somebody/something – to refuse to be responsible for or involved with somebody/something
E.g. I’ve washed my hands of the whole sordid business.
- Put your hand in your pocket – (British English) to spend money or give it to somebody
E.g. I’ve heard he doesn’t like putting his hand in his pocket.