dead hand

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dead hand the oppressive influence of past events or decisions
    • n dead hand real property held inalienably (as by an ecclesiastical corporation)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Wild Bill Hickok was killed playing poker, holding two pairs aces and eights, which has become known as 'Dead Man's Hand.'
    • Dead hand a hand that can not alienate, as of a person civilly dead.
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Quotations

  • Woody Allen
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    “A relationship, I think, is like a shark, you know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.”

Usage

In literature:

He put out his hand in the half-dark, as if to grasp the shadowy hand of the dead.
"To Let" by John Galsworthy
The next day he comes back with his hand he hits the earth beside the buried stick, out jumps the gooweera, his enemy is dead.
"The Euahlayi Tribe" by K. Langloh Parker
Have not these little hands prepared the dead for burial?
"Child of a Century, Complete" by Alfred de Musset
Dead, yet sentient and caressing hands seemed to reach out of the ground and to be clinging about him.
"Marius the Epicurean, Volume Two" by Walter Horatio Pater
The poor baby's dead hand had retained its old power to entrap a simpleton unawares.
"Sisters" by Ada Cambridge
He stretched out his hand and with his finger tips lightly touched the dead man's forehead.
"The Fortunate Youth" by William J. Locke
With his hand he beckons us as he kneels to a dead man.
"Under Fire" by Henri Barbusse
Shut your eyes, cross your hands flat on your breasts: you are dead men if you move.
"Vittoria, Complete" by George Meredith
He did not run, but went as cautiously as though the night was a dead calm, the club half poised in his hands.
"The Golden Snare" by James Oliver Curwood
And he reached out a hand and gripped Kent's, still staring at him as though something had come back to him from the dead.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
Grey-Feather drew the death-maul from the dead warrior's grasp, and handed it to the Siwanois.
"The Hidden Children" by Robert W. Chambers
She ran forward till she could look down into it and caught sight of a man with a dead bird in his hand.
"A Texas Ranger" by William MacLeod Raine
And now this awful, deadly peril, which she with her own hand had brought on the man she loved!
"I Will Repay" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
A dead girl, he says, met him, and he touched her hand.
"A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete" by Georg Ebers
He clasped his hands for an instant, glanced right and left into the gloom: "It was like cheating the dead," he stammered.
"Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad
He laid a finger on the dead man's stone-cold hand and let it rest so for a minute.
"King--of the Khyber Rifles" by Talbot Mundy
I went and put my hand on him, speaking his name, and he fell over, being already dead.
"History of the Donner Party" by C.F. McGlashan
But the dead, one of them seized one of her hands, and another the other.
"Mary Marston" by George MacDonald
I dragged behind me the great grizzled hide of the dead bear, clutched in one hairy hand.
"The Way of a Man" by Emerson Hough
Wilt thou join hand with mine to lift the dead?
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
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In poetry:

He is not dead. They do not know,
Who pity her, her secret ease,
How he is near her, how they go,
Her hand in his.
"The Last Parting" by Katharine Tynan
I cannot rest, I cannot rest
In straight and shiny wood,
My woven hands upon my breast—
The dead are all so good!
"The White Lady" by Dorothy Parker
The night is as an ancient way
Through some dead land,
Whereon the ghosts of Memory
And Sorrow wander hand in hand.
"Insomnia" by Madison Julius Cawein
Dead hands are still within our hands,
They lead us on and on;
And never nearer do they stand,
Than when we are alone.
"We Are The Slaves" by Alexander Anderson
`And, Matthew, for thy children dead
I'll be a son to thee!'
At this he grasped my hand and said
`Alas! that cannot be.'
"The Fountain" by William Wordsworth
Ye need not weep, ye gentle ones,
In vain your tears are shed,
Ye cannot wash his crimson hand,
Ye cannot soothe the dead.
"The Spectre Pig" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Hotline staff will answer questions regarding safe handling and disposal of dead birds —dead birds should never handled with bare hands.
The Murder and Merriment Interactive Murder Mystery Theatre Troupe will host "Dead Man's Hand," a murder-mystery dinner theater Friday and Saturday.
Uncle dead with severed hand.
VALLEJO, Calif — Vallejo police say a woman came across a grisly scene on Wednesday afternoon when she came home to find her uncle dead with a severed hand.
According to a report from CBS Sacramento, a 51-year-old self-proclaimed online pastor has been arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly stabbing his roommate in the hand and groin with four-foot sword.
(AP) — A grand jury in central Georgia has handed down an indictment accusing a Macon woman of killing her 11-year-old granddaughter, who was found dead in a van.
Next story in Mideast & N. A Palestinian man kisses the hand of a dead relative in the morgue of Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Sunday, Nov 18, 2012.
A Palestinian man kisses the hand of a dead relative in the morgue of Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Sunday, Nov 18, 2012.
The Walking Dead' update: We'll see Merle (and his new hand thing), and a new take on the prison story arc.
That's because owner Matt Gorton hand-sources his dead-stock fabrics at swap meets and flea markets across the country.
Rancher Bill McIrvin and his hands are on constant alert after recent attacks left two calves dead and other cows wounded or missing.
Pinch Weights can get lost in the folds of your hands, but they turn soft- plastic jerk baits deadly.
Dead Man's Hand (Dan Brown Photography@Flickr).
Representatives from Casper College, the City of Casper and the Casper Police Department were on hand for a press conference following the incident at Casper College that left three people dead on Friday, November 30, 2012.
Since inmates have a lot of time on their hands, what's found during the search can either be creative or deadly.
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In science:

One should then picture the CRT TF as a “dead tree” looking like a handful of thin sticks connected to each other, while when |α| < 1 the tree looks more like a dense “bush”.
The genealogy of self-similar fragmentations with negative index as a continuum random tree
The packet’s absolute dead line, on the other hand, is the exact point in time at which the packet expires. a packet that is in the buffer, i.e., has already been released and has neither expired nor been transmitted by an algorithm, is called pending for the algorithm.
One to Rule Them All: a General Randomized Algorithm for Buffer Management with Bounded Delay
In principle, the instability’s nonlinear saturation may play a significant role in the dynamics of dead-zones, leading, in particular, to radial and vertical mixing, which in turn may influence dust grain dynamics (settling and clumping) on one hand, and the global temperature structure of the disk, on the other.
Resistive double-diffusive instability in the dead-zones of protostellar disks
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