#IOTW: Idioms with ‘hand’


Hi guys, how are you today? I hope you are great as I am. Below are the ten idioms using ‘hand’ that I have successfully compiled for you. Check them out!

  1. Get out of hand. Meaning: to get out of control.
    • Example:
      • “The long-march by the labors got out of hand, and it eventually became a massive riot.”
  2. Change hands. Meaning: for an object to be passed or sold to somebody.
    • Example:
      • “Rather than bequeathing all his properties to his only son, he decided to have them changed hands to his business opponents.”
  3. Have your hands full. Meaning: be completely busy.
    • Example:
      • “I have to apologize that I can’t help you with your homework. I’ve got my hands full.
  4. Try my hands at. Meaning: to experience for the first time.
    • Example:
      • “She has never dived before, but she is willing to try her hands at it.”
  5. Wash your hands of. Meaning: to stop being responsible.
    • Example:
      • “She washed her hands of the business after the company was sued by the singers for a breach of copyrights.”
  6. Know like the back of your hand. Meaning: to know a place very well.
    • Example:
      • “He has been in Perth for once, but he knows the city like the back of his hand.”
  7. Hands down. Meaning: obvious(ly).
    • Example:
      • “Christiano Ronaldo was hands down the best soccer player in the world.”
  8. Tip your hand. Meaning: to reveal your secret.
    • Example:
      • “The police officer tipped his hand on the name of the murderer.”
  9. Hand on a platter. Meaning: to get something easily.
    • Example:
      • “He is now the chief director of the institute. The job was handed to him on a platter from his mother.”
  10. Live from hand to mouth. Meaning: to have nothing to save.
    • Example:
      • “He comes from a poor family. He lives from hand to mouth.”

Those are the 10 great idioms with the word ‘hand’ in them. Hope you like them. See you!


Compiled and written by @wisznu at @EnglishTips4u on Thursday, March 3, 2016.




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