Weak Hands

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Weak Hands

1. A holder of a futures contract who does not intend to take delivery of the underlying asset. While this strategy is a fairly common speculative investment, an investor with weak hands connotes a small investor who lacks the capital to actually buy the underlying asset and simply trades in contracts.

2. In foreign exchange, an investor who sells at the first negative news or price change. This has a slightly negative connotation and other investors seek to profit from the sales of investors with weak hands.
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One weak hand slipped off the gunwale, the fingers of the other hand relaxed, but Elijah obeyed, and his teeth held on.
Wilfred put a weak hand to his head, and asked in a low voice: "How did you know that his hat looked like a green beetle?
At the bottom of his pockets his incapable weak hands were clinched hard into a pair of angry fists.
Come forth, come forth; you are safe from harm at these weak hands.
And, my dear, when he kissed me, and drew me to him with his poor weak hands, it was like a solemn pledge between us.
I will hold out as long as I can, for she is but a woman--that can neither run nor fight, but she has your heart in her weak hands.
When Hector saw him he said to Aeneas who was near him, "Aeneas, counsellor of the mail-clad Trojans, I see the steeds of the fleet son of Aeacus come into battle with weak hands to drive them.
Anne's face was turned away--the tears were forcing themselves through the worn weak hands that tried vainly to hide them.
While it is possible to load and unload a DA revolver by holding it in the shooting hand, placing it in the weak hand with the fingers around the cylinder provides much better control of the latter.
Both models have a toggle type switch that is easily reached and probably best operated by the weak hand.
Commercial disputes solicitor Philip Rubens said: "It is playing a very weak hand.