Under one's hand

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Under one's hand with one's proper signature attached
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hand; in all Teut. tongues, perh. rel. to Goth. hinthan, to seize.

Usage

In literature:

No wall, they say, could grow so quickly under one man's hands.
"The Story of an African Farm" by (AKA Ralph Iron) Olive Schreiner
Durant's head was twisted under his arm, but one of the giant's hands had reached his throat.
"Nomads of the North" by James Oliver Curwood
Grump had risen upon one elbow, and was stealthily feeling with his other hand under the Pet's head.
"Romance of California Life" by John Habberton
Our train at last under way, I found some one had thrust a bunch of fresh grapes into my little boy's hand.
"A Woman's Part in a Revolution" by Natalie Harris Hammond
She had one hand slipped under Lane's arm, the other clasped over it.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
Mother Corey held the wrists in one hand, put his other under the giant's crotch, and lifted.
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
One of the officers stood, harpoon in hand, ready to strike the creature as he was drawn up under the vessel's counter.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
He himself did so with his legs and one hand, while he placed the other under his friend's back.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
Jones, under the hands of Rochester's valet, and forced by circumstances to use Rochester's clothes, was one of the best dressed men in London.
"The Man Who Lost Himself" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
There was a little empty space under it, and then one only of Sidonie's hands, timid, smooth, and brown.
"Bonaventure" by George Washington Cable
Willy had curled one arm under his head, and his other hand was locked in his sister's.
"The Merryweathers" by Laura E. Richards
One hand slipped through the lace under his cheek and rested on the singer's soft breast.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
I pulled out my prick and balls, one girl's hand I guided under my balls, the other's round my prick.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
It is lovely, though, to see things growing clean under one's hand, isn't it?
"The Making of Mona" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
One hand was under the pillow, but the other, that lay on the coverlid, held Viola's hat.
"The Truth About Tristrem Varick" by Edgar Saltus
They grow under one's hand as the young people in turn recommend additions.
"The Library and Society" by Various
For Nora never let the grass grow under her feet, or under any one else's feet, when there was work in hand.
"Trevlyn Hold" by Mrs. Henry Wood
The animal kingdom is known to be equally plastic under our shaping hand; for juggling with animal life is one of man's pastimes.
"What and Where is God?" by Richard La Rue Swain
The one point of light in the big dark recess was turned on a note-book under the man's hand.
"America First" by Frances Nimmo Greene
One snatch and the torch was in his hand, held close under the Arab's face.
"God Wills It!" by William Stearns Davis
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In poetry:

Under the night, on the wet sea sands,
Slowly unclasped their plighted hands
One to the cottage hearth,
And one to his sailor's berth.
"The Bay Of Seven Islands" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

With the family together under one roof, a wedding serves as a reminder of who's got the upper hand.
On the one hand, Pakistan's security services could have been so grossly incompetent that Osama bin Laden was living right under their noses for years.
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In science:

We re-affirm that the fundamental cancellation is between φr and φt , one reason being that φS = φr + φt = 0 is an invariant statement, since φS is the contour integral of the proper time (see first term of the right-hand side of (1.3) in ) which is invariant under coordinate transformations.
Reply to the comment on: "Does an atom interferometer test the gravitational redshift at the Compton frequency?"
This instance can be viewed as a Maximum Directed Cut problem on a graph of k disjoint arcs, under the constraint that exactly one arc tail and k − 1 arc heads should be on the left-hand side (S ).
Symmetry and approximability of submodular maximization problems
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