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Hand

A unit of length equivalent to four inches. It is used in the sale and use of horses.
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He was already handing mincemeat down his throat in the most curious manner - more like a man who was putting it away somewhere in a violent hurry, than a man who was eating it - but he left off to take some of the liquor.
A cup of wine will do thee no harm,'' he added, filling and handing to the swineherd a richer drought than Gurth had ever before tasted.
Just a little less of your tongue, my man," said Fairholme, taking the two coins from him and handing them to Miss Wilson, who bade the clergymen good afternoon, and went to the coach under the umbrella.