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Definition: out of hand
out of hand
adv : out of control; “the riots got out of hand”
[syn: beyond control
] [ant: in hand
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Definition: Out of hand
(h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw.
hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h["o]nd, Goth. handus, and
perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. Hunt
1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in
man and monkeys, and the corresponding part in many other
animals; manus; paw. See Manus
2. That which resembles, or to some extent performs the
office of, a human hand; as:
(a) A limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk, or
any one of the four extremities of a monkey.
(b) An index or pointer on a dial; as, the hour or minute
hand of a clock.
3. A measure equal to a hand's breadth, -- four inches; a
palm. Chiefly used in measuring the height of horses.
4. Side; part; direction, either right or left.
On this hand and that hand, were hangings. --Ex.
The Protestants were then on the winning hand.
5. Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill;
He had a great mind to try his hand at a Spectator.
6. Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence,
manner of performance.
To change the hand in carrying on the war.
Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by my
hand. --Judges vi.
7. An agent; a servant, or laborer; a workman, trained or
competent for special service or duty; a performer more or
less skillful; as, a deck hand; a farm hand; an old hand
A dictionary containing a natural history requires
too many hands, as well as too much time, ever to be
hoped for. --Locke.
I was always reckoned a lively hand at a simile.
8. Handwriting; style of penmanship; as, a good, bad, or
running hand. Hence, a signature.
I say she never did invent this letter;
This is a man's invention and his hand. --Shak.
Some writs require a judge's hand. --Burril.
9. Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction;
management; -- usually in the plural. “Receiving in hand
one year's tribute.”
Albinus . . . found means to keep in his hands the
government of Britain. --Milton.
10. Agency in transmission from one person to another; as, to
buy at first hand, that is, from the producer, or when
new; at second hand, that is, when no longer in the
producer's hand, or when not new.
11. Rate; price. [Obs.] “Business is bought at a dear hand,
where there is small dispatch.”
12. That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once; as:
(a) (Card Playing) The quota of cards received from the
(b) (Tobacco Manuf.) A bundle of tobacco leaves tied
13. (Firearms) The small part of a gunstock near the lock,
which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.
Note: Hand is used figuratively for a large variety of acts
or things, in the doing, or making, or use of which the
hand is in some way employed or concerned; also, as a
symbol to denote various qualities or conditions, as:
(a) Activity; operation; work; -- in distinction from the
head, which implies thought, and the heart, which
implies affection. “His hand will be against every
--Gen. xvi. 12.
(b) Power; might; supremacy; -- often in the Scriptures.
“With a mighty hand . . . will I rule over you.”
--Ezek. xx. 33.
(c) Fraternal feeling; as, to give, or take, the hand; to
give the right hand.
(d) Contract; -- commonly of marriage; as, to ask the
hand; to pledge the hand.
Note: Hand is often used adjectively or in compounds (with or
without the hyphen), signifying performed by the hand;
as, hand blow or hand-blow, hand gripe or hand-gripe:
used by, or designed for, the hand; as, hand ball or
handball, hand bow, hand fetter, hand grenade or
hand-grenade, handgun or hand gun, handloom or hand
loom, handmill or hand organ or handorgan, handsaw or
hand saw, hand-weapon: measured or regulated by the
hand; as, handbreadth or hand's breadth, hand gallop or
hand-gallop. Most of the words in the following
paragraph are written either as two words or in
, a satchel; a small bag for carrying books,
papers, parcels, etc.
, a small or portable basket.
, a small bell rung by the hand; a table bell.
, a small pruning hook. See 4th Bill
. See under Car
(Mus.), an instrument to aid in forming a
good position of the hands and arms when playing on the
piano; a hand guide.
. See Wrist drop
. See under Gallop
(Mach.), apparatus by means of which a machine,
or parts of a machine, usually operated by other power,
may be operated by hand.
(a) A glass or small glazed frame, for the protection of
(b) A small mirror with a handle.
. Same as Hand director
, the art of conversing by the hands, esp. as
practiced by the deaf and dumb; dactylology.
. See under Lathe
, money paid in hand to bind a contract; earnest
(Mus.), a barrel organ, operated by a crank
turned by hand.
. (Bot.) Same as Hand tree
(below). -- Hand rail
, a rail, as in staircases, to hold by. --Gwilt.
, a sail managed by the hand. --Sir W. Temple.
, a small screen to be held in the hand.
, a small jack for raising heavy timbers or
weights; (Carp.) a screw clamp.
(pl. Hand staves
), a javelin. --Ezek. xxxix.
, a small stamp for dating, addressing, or
canceling papers, envelopes, etc.
(Bot.), a lofty tree found in Mexico
), having red flowers whose
stamens unite in the form of a hand.
, a small vise held in the hand in doing small
, or Handwork
, work done with the hands, as
distinguished from work done by a machine; handiwork.
, everybody; all parties.
At all hands
, On all hands
, on all sides; from every
At any hand
, At no hand
, in any (or no) way or direction;
on any account; on no account. “And therefore at no hand
consisting with the safety and interests of humility.”
At first hand
, At second hand
. See def. 10 (above).
(a) Near in time or place; either present and within
reach, or not far distant. “Your husband is at hand;
I hear his trumpet.”
(b) Under the hand or bridle. [Obs.] “Horses hot at
At the hand of
, by the act of; as a gift from. “Shall we
receive good at the hand of God and shall we not receive
--Job ii. 10.
. See under Bridle
, with the hands, in distinction from
instrumentality of tools, engines, or animals; as, to weed
a garden by hand; to lift, draw, or carry by hand.
, freedom from guilt, esp. from the guilt of
dishonesty in money matters, or of bribe taking. “He that
hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.”
From hand to hand
, from one person to another.
Hand in hand
(a) In union; conjointly; unitedly. --Swift.
(b) Just; fair; equitable.
As fair and as good, a kind of hand in hand
Hand over hand
, Hand over fist
, by passing the hands
alternately one before or above another; as, to climb hand
over hand; also, rapidly; as, to come up with a chase hand
Hand over head
, negligently; rashly; without seeing what
one does. [Obs.] --Bacon.
, consecutively; as, he won ten times hand
keep off! forbear! no interference or meddling!
Hand to hand
, in close union; in close fight; as, a hand to
hand contest. --Dryden.
, severity or oppression.
(a) Paid down. “A considerable reward in hand, and . . .
a far greater reward hereafter.”
(b) In preparation; taking place. --Chaucer. “Revels . .
. in hand.”
(c) Under consideration, or in the course of transaction;
as, he has the business in hand.
In one's hand
or In one's hands
(a) In one's possession or keeping.
(b) At one's risk, or peril; as, I took my life in my
Laying on of hands
, a form used in consecrating to office,
in the rite of confirmation, and in blessing persons.
, gentleness; moderation.
Note of hand
, a promissory note.
, Out of hand
, forthwith; without delay,
hesitation, or difficulty; promptly. “She causeth them to
be hanged up out of hand.”
Off one's hands
, out of one's possession or care.
, in present possession; as, he has a supply of
goods on hand.
On one's hands
, in one's possession care, or management.
Putting the hand under the thigh
, an ancient Jewish
ceremony used in swearing.
, the place of honor, power, and strength.
, idleness; carelessness; inefficiency; sloth.
, severe discipline; rigorous government.
To bear a hand
(Naut.), to give help quickly; to hasten.
To bear in hand
, to keep in expectation with false
pretenses. [Obs.] --Shak.
To be hand and glove with
or To be hand in glove with
See under Glove
To be on the mending hand
, to be convalescent or improving.
To bring up by hand
, to feed (an infant) without suckling
To change hand
. See Change
To change hands
, to change sides, or change owners.
To clap the hands
, to express joy or applause, as by
striking the palms of the hands together.
To come to hand
, to be received; to be taken into
possession; as, the letter came to hand yesterday.
To get hand
, to gain influence. [Obs.]
Appetites have . . . got such a hand over them.
To get one's hand in
, to make a beginning in a certain
work; to become accustomed to a particular business.
To have a hand in
, to be concerned in; to have a part or
concern in doing; to have an agency or be employed in.
To have in hand
(a) To have in one's power or control. --Chaucer.
(b) To be engaged upon or occupied with.
To have one's hands full
, to have in hand all that one can
do, or more than can be done conveniently; to be pressed
with labor or engagements; to be surrounded with
To have the (higher) upper hand
, or To get the (higher) upper hand
, to have, or get, the better of another person or
To his hand
, To my hand
, etc., in readiness; already
prepared. “The work is made to his hands.”
To hold hand
, to compete successfully or on even
conditions. [Obs.] --Shak.
To lay hands on
, to seize; to assault.
To lend a hand
, to give assistance.
To lift the hand against
, or To put forth the hand against
, to attack; to oppose; to kill.
To live from hand to mouth
, to obtain food and other
necessaries as want compels, without previous provision.
To make one's hand
, to gain advantage or profit.
To put the hand unto
, to steal. --Ex. xxii. 8.
To put the last hand to
, or To put the finishing hand to
to make the last corrections in; to complete; to perfect.
To set the hand to
, to engage in; to undertake.
That the Lord thy God may bless thee in all that
thou settest thine hand to. --Deut. xxiii.
To stand one in hand
, to concern or affect one.
To strike hands
, to make a contract, or to become surety
for another's debt or good behavior.
To take in hand
(a) To attempt or undertake.
(b) To seize and deal with; as, he took him in hand.
To wash the hands of
, to disclaim or renounce interest in,
or responsibility for, a person or action; as, to wash
one's hands of a business. --Matt. xxvii. 24.
Under the hand of
, authenticated by the handwriting or
signature of; as, the deed is executed under the hand and
seal of the owner.
(out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and
[=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G.
aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr.
ud. [root]198. Cf. About
, prep., Carouse
In its original and strict sense, out means from the interior
of something; beyond the limits or boundary of somethings; in
a position or relation which is exterior to something; --
opposed to in
. The something may be expressed
after of, from, etc. (see Out of
, below); or, if not
expressed, it is implied; as, he is out; or, he is out of the
house, office, business, etc.; he came out; or, he came out
from the ship, meeting, sect, party, etc. Out is used in a
variety of applications, as:
1. Away; abroad; off; from home, or from a certain, or a
usual, place; not in; not in a particular, or a usual,
place; as, the proprietor is out, his team was taken out.
Opposite of in
. “My shoulder blade is out.”
He hath been out (of the country) nine years.
2. Beyond the limits of concealment, confinement, privacy,
constraint, etc., actual or figurative; hence, not in
concealment, constraint, etc., in, or into, a state of
freedom, openness, disclosure, publicity, etc.; a matter
of public knowledge; as, the sun shines out; he laughed
out, to be out at the elbows; the secret has leaked out,
or is out; the disease broke out on his face; the book is
Leaves are out and perfect in a month. --Bacon.
She has not been out [in general society] very long.
3. Beyond the limit of existence, continuance, or supply; to
the end; completely; hence, in, or into, a condition of
extinction, exhaustion, completion; as, the fuel, or the
fire, has burned out; that style is on the way out. “Hear
Deceitful men shall not live out half their days.
--Ps. iv. 23.
When the butt is out, we will drink water. --Shak.
4. Beyond possession, control, or occupation; hence, in, or
into, a state of want, loss, or deprivation; -- used of
office, business, property, knowledge, etc.; as, the
Democrats went out and the Whigs came in; he put his money
out at interest. “Land that is out at rack rent.”
--Locke. “He was out fifty pounds.”
I have forgot my part, and I am out. --Shak.
5. Beyond the bounds of what is true, reasonable, correct,
proper, common, etc.; in error or mistake; in a wrong or
incorrect position or opinion; in a state of disagreement,
opposition, etc.; in an inharmonious relation. “Lancelot
and I are out.”
Wicked men are strangely out in the calculating of
their own interest. --South.
Very seldom out, in these his guesses. --Addison.
6. Not in the position to score in playing a game; not in the
state or turn of the play for counting or gaining scores.
7. Out of fashion; unfashionable; no longer in current vogue;
Note: Out is largely used in composition as a prefix, with
the same significations that it has as a separate word;
as outbound, outbreak, outbuilding, outcome, outdo,
outdoor, outfield. See also the first Note under
Day in, day out
, from the beginning to the limit of each of
several days; day by day; every day.
, Out in
, Out on
, etc., elliptical phrases, that
to which out refers as a source, origin, etc., being
omitted; as, out (of the house and) at the barn; out (of
the house, road, fields, etc., and) in the woods.
Three fishers went sailing out into the west,
Out into the west, as the sun went down. --C.
Note: In these lines after out may be understood, “of the
harbor,” “from the shore,” “of sight,”
similar phrase. The complete construction is seen in
the saying: “Out of the frying pan into the fire.”
, a construction similar to out of
, a phrase which may be considered either as composed
of an adverb and a preposition, each having its
appropriate office in the sentence, or as a compound
preposition. Considered as a preposition, it denotes, with
verbs of movement or action, from the interior of; beyond
the limit: from; hence, origin, source, motive, departure,
separation, loss, etc.; -- opposed to in
with verbs of being, the state of being derived, removed,
or separated from. Examples may be found in the phrases
below, and also under Vocabulary words; as, out of breath;
out of countenance.
Out of cess
, beyond measure, excessively. --Shak.
Out of character
, unbecoming; improper.
Out of conceit with
, not pleased with. See under Conceit
Out of date
, not timely; unfashionable; antiquated.
Out of door
, Out of doors
, beyond the doors; from the
house; not inside a building; in, or into, the open air;
hence, figuratively, shut out; dismissed. See under
, also, Out-of-door
, in the
Vocabulary. “He 's quality, and the question's out of
Out of favor
, disliked; under displeasure.
Out of frame
, not in correct order or condition; irregular;
Out of hand
, immediately; without delay or preparation;
without hesitation or debate; as, to dismiss a suggestion
out of hand. “Ananias . . . fell down and died out of
Out of harm's way
, beyond the danger limit; in a safe
Out of joint
, not in proper connection or adjustment;
unhinged; disordered. “The time is out of joint.”
Out of mind
, not in mind; forgotten; also, beyond the limit
of memory; as, time out of mind.
Out of one's head
, beyond commanding one's mental powers;
in a wandering state mentally; delirious. [Colloq.]
Out of one's time
, beyond one's period of minority or
Out of order
, not in proper order; disarranged; in
Out of place
, not in the usual or proper place; hence, not
proper or becoming.
Out of pocket
, in a condition of having expended or lost
more money than one has received.
Out of print
, not in market, the edition printed being
exhausted; -- said of books, pamphlets, etc.
Out of the question
, beyond the limits or range of
consideration; impossible to be favorably considered.
Out of reach
, beyond one's reach; inaccessible.
Out of season
, not in a proper season or time; untimely;
Out of sorts
, wanting certain things; unsatisfied; unwell;
unhappy; cross. See under Sort
Out of temper
, not in good temper; irritated; angry.
Out of time
, not in proper time; too soon, or too late.
Out of time
, not in harmony; discordant; hence, not in an
agreeing temper; fretful.
Out of twist
, Out of winding
, or Out of wind
, not in
warped condition; perfectly plain and smooth; -- said of
Out of use
, not in use; unfashionable; obsolete.
Out of the way
(a) On one side; hard to reach or find; secluded.
(b) Improper; unusual; wrong.
Out of the woods
, not in a place, or state, of obscurity or
doubt; free from difficulty or perils; safe. [Colloq.]
Out to out
, from one extreme limit to another, including
the whole length, breadth, or thickness; -- applied to
, in or towards, the West; specifically, in some
Western State or Territory. [U. S.]
To come out
, To cut out
, To fall out
, etc. See under
To make out
See to make out
, v. t. and v.
To put out of the way
, to kill; to destroy.
Week in, week out
. See Day in, day out