on one's hands

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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hand]
    • /ɒn, ɔn wʌnz hænd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hand]
    • /ɒn, ɔn wʌnz hænd/

Definitions of on one's hands words

  • noun on one's hands the terminal, prehensile part of the upper limb in humans and other primates, consisting of the wrist, metacarpal area, fingers, and thumb. 1
  • noun on one's hands the corresponding part of the forelimb in any of the higher vertebrates. 1
  • noun on one's hands a terminal prehensile part, as the chela of a crustacean, or, in falconry, the foot of a falcon. 1
  • noun on one's hands something resembling a hand in shape or function, as various types of pointers: the hands of a clock. 1
  • noun on one's hands index (def 8). 1
  • noun on one's hands a person employed in manual labor or for general duties; worker; laborer: a factory hand; a ranch hand. 1

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Origin of on one's hands

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch, German Hand, Old Norse hǫnd, Gothic handus

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on one's hands popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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