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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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As for George Willard, he had many times wanted to ask about the hands.
Some could hardly drag themselves along; others, from habit, with stooping bodies and outstretched hands, looked for doors to shut.
His hands released her as he uttered this cry, and went up to his white hair, which they tore in a frenzy.
And the lean, fear-stricken girl, like a frightened rabbit in the mouth of its burrow, on hands and knees peered forth upon the scene from the lazarette and knew that the cooking-pot and the end of time had come for her.
The blow that shore the hand from off this arm was aimed at thy head, O King; I stayed it with my naked arm.
With these I came on deck, put down my own stock behind the rudder head and well out of the coxswain's reach, went forward to the water-breaker, and had a good deep drink of water, and then, and not till then, gave Hands the brandy.
The governor lowered the staff, and as he did so the old man who had the stick handed it to the other old man to hold for him while he swore, as if he found it in his way; and then laid his hand on the cross of the staff, saying that it was true the ten crowns that were demanded of him had been lent him; but that he had with his own hand given them back into the hand of the other, and that he, not recollecting it, was always asking for them.
He twisted his arm, rolled the biceps over with his other hand, and gazed underneath where he was least touched by the sun.
Ah, there is ice around me; my hand burneth with the iciness
He laid open the vein that runs all the way up the back to the neck; he cut this vein clean away throughout its whole course, and Thoon fell in the dust face upwards, stretching out his hands imploringly towards his comrades.
Not that she was not a nice bit of a woman, healthy and strapping and good to look upon, also a very excellent dancer, but that she was a woman with all a woman's desire to rope him with her apron-strings and tie him hand and foot for the branding.
It takes a woman's hand and heart, or a child's presence to make a home," she said.