Hand

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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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We live from hand to mouth, most of us, with a small family of immediate desires; we do little else than snatch a morsel to satisfy the hungry brood, rarely thinking of seed-corn or the next year's crop.
The winter went, and the spring came, and found them still living thus from hand to mouth, hanging on day by day, with literally not a month's wages between them and starvation.
At eighteen he would have dragged on from hand to mouth, from hour to hour, from penny to penny, until eighty.