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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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Pendleton told me," nodded Pollyanna, again; "about the woman's hand and heart, or the child's presence, you know.
He felt the halyards with his hands and discovered that I had not made them fast.
I found him in his dressing-room surrounded by his stock of boots, already hard at it, washing his hands of us.
The dead jeddak's hands and head were removed to be added to the ornaments of his conqueror, and then his women cremated what remained, amid wild and terrible laughter.
Neville,' laying his left hand on the inner shoulder of that young gentleman, and thus walking on between them, hand to shoulder on either side:
If the desire to talk came to him when the two were walking in the fields, he sought out a stump or the top board of a fence and with his hands pounding busily talked with re- newed ease.
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.
Then came the recruits, new-caught, young, savage things, timid as deer, yet yielding to stern parental and tribal law and going down into the Arangi's cabin, one by one, their fathers and mothers and relatives accompanying them in family groups, to confront the big fella white marster, who wrote their names down in a mysterious book, had them ratify the three years' contract of their labour by a touch of the right hand to the pen with which he wrote, and who paid the first year's advance in trade goods to the heads of their respective families.
The blow that shore the hand from off this arm was aimed at thy head, O King; I stayed it with my naked arm.
The bulkheads, all painted in clear white and beaded round with gilt, bore a pattern of dirty hands. Dozens of empty bottles clinked together in corners to the rolling of the ship.
He lit it and, distracted by observing those around him, began crossing himself with the hand that held the taper.