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[1]     ( hands    plural  )   (NOUN USES AND PHRASES)  
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1       n-count   Your hands are the parts of your body at the end of your arms. Each hand has four fingers and a thumb.  
I put my hand into my pocket and pulled out the letter..., Sylvia, camera in hand, asked, `Where do we go first?'     
2       n-sing   The hand of someone or something is their influence in an event or situation.  
with poss  
The hand of the military authorities can be seen in the entire electoral process...     
3       n-plural   If you say that something is in a particular person's hands, you mean that they are looking after it, own it, or are responsible for it.  
usu in/into N  
He is leaving his north London business in the hands of a colleague..., We're in safe hands...     
4       n-sing   If you ask someone for a hand with something, you are asking them to help you in what you are doing.  
a N, oft N with n  
Come and give me a hand in the garden...     
5       n-count   A hand is someone, usually a man, who does hard physical work, for example in a factory or on a farm, as part of a group of people who all do similar work.  
usu with supp  
He now works as a farm hand...     
6       n-sing   If someone asks an audience to give someone a hand, they are asking the audience to clap loudly, usually before or after that person performs.  
a N  
Let's give 'em a big hand.     
7       n-count   If a man asks for a woman's handin marriage, he asks her or her parents for permission to marry her.  
OLD-FASHIONED   usu sing, poss N, oft N in n  
He came to ask Usha's father for her hand in marriage.     
8       n-count   In a game of cards, your hand is the set of cards that you are holding in your hand at a particular time or the cards that are dealt to you at the beginning of the game.  
He carefully inspected his hand.     
9       n-count   A hand is a measurement of four inches, which is used for measuring the height of a horse from its front feet to its shoulders.  
usu num N  
I had a very good 14.2 hands pony, called Brandy.     
10       n-count   The hands of a clock or watch are the thin pieces of metal or plastic that indicate what time it is.  
11    If something is at hand, near at hand, or close at hand, it is very near in place or time.  
at hand      phrase   PHR after v, v-link PHR  
Having the right equipment at hand will be enormously helpful...     
12    If someone experiences a particular kind of treatment, especially unpleasant treatment, at the hands of a person or organization, they receive it from them.  
at the hands of      prep-phrase   PREP n  
The civilian population were suffering greatly at the hands of the security forces.     
13    If you do something by hand, you do it using your hands rather than a machine.  
by hand      phrase   PHR after v   (=manually)  
Each pleat was stitched in place by hand.     
14    When something changes hands, its ownership changes, usually because it is sold to someone else.  
change hands             phrase   V inflects  
The firm has changed hands many times over the years.     
15    If you have someone eating out of your hand, they are completely under your control.  
eat out of sb's hand      phrase   V and N inflect  
Parker could have customers eating out of his hand.     
16    If you force someone's hand, you force them to act sooner than they want to, or to act in public when they would prefer to keep their actions secret.  
force sb's hand      phrase   V and N inflect  
He blamed the press for forcing his hand.     
17    If you have your hands fullwith something, you are very busy because of it.  
have one's hands full      phrase   V inflects, oft PHR with n  
She had her hands full with new arrivals.     
18    If someone gives you a free hand, they give you the freedom to use your own judgment and to do exactly as you wish.  
a free hand      phrase   PHR after v  
He gave Stephanie a free hand in the decoration.     
19    If you get your hands on something or lay your hands on something, you manage to find it or obtain it, usually after some difficulty.  
get one's hands on sth/lay one's hands on sth      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
Patty began reading everything she could get her hands on.     
20    If you work hand in glovewith someone, you work very closely with them.  
hand in glove      phrase   usu PHR with n  
The UN inspectors work hand in glove with the Western intelligence agencies.     
21    If two people are hand in hand, they are holding each other's nearest hand, usually while they are walking or sitting together. People often do this to show their affection for each other.  
hand in hand      phrase   usu PHR after v, PHR with cl  
I saw them making their way, hand in hand, down the path.     
22    If two things gohand in hand, they are closely connected and cannot be considered separately from each other.  
hand in hand      phrase   usu PHR after v, v-link PHR, oft PHR with n  
For us, research and teaching go hand in hand...     
23    If you have a hand in something such as an event or activity, you are involved in it.  
have a hand in sth      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
He thanked all who had a hand in his release.     
24    If you say that someone such as the ruler of a country treats people with a heavy hand, you are criticizing them because they are very strict and severe with them.  
heavy hand      phrase   usu with PHR     (disapproval)    Henry and Richard both ruled with a heavy hand.     
25    If two people are holding hands, they are holding each other's nearest hand, usually while they are walking or sitting together. People often do this to show their affection for each other.  
hold hands      phrase   V inflects, pl-n PHR, PHR with n  
She approached a young couple holding hands on a bench.     
26    If you ask someone to hold your hand at an event that you are worried about, you ask them to support you by being there with you.  
hold sb's hand      phrase   V and N inflect  
I don't need anyone to hold my hand.     
27    In a competition, if someone has games or matches in hand, they have more games or matches left to play than their opponent and therefore have the possibility of scoring more points.  
in hand      phrase   n PHR  
Wales are three points behind Romania in the group but have a game in hand.     
28    If you have time or money in hand, you have more time or money than you need.  
in hand      phrase   usu with amount PHR  
Hughes finished with 15 seconds in hand.     
29    The job or problem in hand is the job or problem that you are dealing with at the moment.  
in hand      phrase   n PHR, v-link PHR  
The business in hand was approaching some kind of climax.     
30    If a situation is in hand, it is under control.  
in hand      phrase   v-link PHR, PHR after v  
The Olympic organisers say that matters are well in hand.     
31    If you lend someone a hand, you help them.  
lend sb a hand      phrase   V inflects  
I'd be glad to lend a hand.     
32    If you tell someone to keep their hands off something or to take their hands off it, you are telling them in a rather aggressive way not to touch it or interfere with it.  
keep one's hands off sth/take one's hands off sth      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
Keep your hands off my milk.     
33    If you do not know something off hand, you do not know it without having to ask someone else or look it up in a book.  
off hand      phrase   usu with brd-neg, PHR after v  
I can't think of any off hand.     
34    If you have a problem or responsibility on your hands, you have to deal with it. If it is off your hands, you no longer have to deal with it.  
on one's hands/off one's hands      phrase   PHR after v  
They now have yet another drug problem on their hands..., She would like the worry of dealing with her affairs taken off her hands.     
35    If someone or something is on hand, they are near and able to be used if they are needed.  
on hand      phrase   PHR after v, v-link PHR   (=available)  
The Bridal Department will have experts on hand to give you all the help and advice you need...     
36    You use on the one hand to introduce the first of two contrasting points, facts, or ways of looking at something. It is always followed later by on the other hand or `on the other'.  
on the one hand      phrase   PHR with cl  
On the one hand, if the body doesn't have enough cholesterol, we would not be able to survive. On the other hand, if the body has too much cholesterol, the excess begins to line the arteries.     
37    You use on the other hand to introduce the second of two contrasting points, facts, or ways of looking at something.  
on the other hand      phrase  
Well, all right, hospitals lose money. But, on the other hand, if people are healthy, don't think of it as losing money; think of it as saving lives.     
38    If a person or a situation gets out of hand, you are no longer able to control them.  
out of hand      phrase   v-link PHR  
His drinking had got out of hand.     
39    If you dismiss or reject something out of hand, you do so immediately and do not consider believing or accepting it.  
out of hand      phrase   PHR after v  
I initially dismissed the idea out of hand.     
40    If you play into someone's hands, you do something which they want you to do and which places you in their power.     (JOURNALISM)  
play into sb's hands      phrase   V inflects  
He is playing into the hands of racists.     
41    If you show your hand, you show how much power you have and the way you intend to act.  
show one's hand      phrase   V and N inflect  
He has grown more serious about running for president, although he refuses to show his hand.     
42    If you take something or someone in hand, you take control or responsibility over them, especially in order to improve them.  
take sb/sth in hand      phrase   V inflects  
I hope that Parliament will soon take the NHS in hand...     
43    If you say that your hands are tied, you mean that something is preventing you from acting in the way that you want to.  
hands are tied      phrase   V inflects  
Politicians are always saying that they want to help us but their hands are tied...     
44    If you have something to hand or near to hand, you have it with you or near you, ready to use when needed.  
to hand      phrase   PHR after v, v-link PHR  
You may want to keep this brochure safe, so you have it to hand whenever you may need it.     
45    If you try your handat an activity, you attempt to do it, usually for the first time.  
try your hand      phrase   V and N inflect, usu PHR at n/-ing  
After he left school, he tried his hand at a variety of jobs<endash>bricklayer, cinema usher, coal man.     
46    If you turn your hand to something such as a practical activity, you learn about it and do it for the first time.  
turn one's hand to sth      phrase   V and N inflect, PHR n  
...a person who can turn his hand to anything.     
47    If you wash your hands of someone or something, you refuse to be involved with them any more or to take responsibility for them.  
wash one's hands of sb/sth      phrase   V inflects, PHR n  
He seems to have washed his hands of the job.     
48    If you win hands down, you win very easily.  
win hands down      phrase   V inflects  
    with one's bare hands  
    to overplay one's hand  
    to shake someone's hand  
    to shake hands  
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change     ( changes    plural & 3rd person present)   ( changing    present participle)   ( changed    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-var   If there is a changein something, it becomes different.  
usu with supp  
The ambassador appealed for a change in US policy..., What is needed is a change of attitude on the part of architects..., There are going to have to be some drastic changes..., In Zaire political change is on its way..., 1998 was an important year for everyone: a time of change.     
    sea change  
2       n-sing   If you say that something is a change or makes a change, you mean that it is enjoyable because it is different from what you are used to.,   (approval)    It is a complex system, but it certainly makes a change..., Do you feel like you could do with a change?     
3       verb   If you changefrom one thing to another, you stop using or doing the first one and start using or doing the second.  
His doctor increased the dosage but did not change to a different medication...      V to n  
He changed from voting against to abstaining.      V from -ing/n to  
4       verb   When something changes or when you change it, it becomes different.   (=alter)  
We are trying to detect and understand how the climates change...      V  
In the union office, the mood gradually changed from resignation to rage...      V from n to n  
She has now changed into a happy, self-confident woman...      V into n  
They should change the law to make it illegal to own replica weapons...      V n  
Trees are changing colour earlier than last year...      V n  
He is a changed man since you left...      V-ed  
A changing world has put pressures on the corporation.      V-ing  
5       verb   To change something means to replace it with something new or different.  
I paid £80 to have my car radio fixed and I bet all they did was change a fuse...      V n  
If you want to change your doctor there are two ways of doing it.      V n  
      Change is also a noun., n-count   oft a N of n  
A change of leadership alone will not be enough.     
6       verb   When you change your clothes or change, you take some or all of your clothes off and put on different ones.  
Ben had merely changed his shirt...      V n  
They had allowed her to shower and change...      V  
I changed into a tracksuit...      V into/out of n  
I've got to get changed first. I've got to put my uniform on.      get V-ed  
7       n-count   A change of clothes is an extra set of clothes that you take with you when you go to stay somewhere or to take part in an activity.  
N of n  
He stuffed a bag with a few changes of clothing.     
8       verb   When you change a bed or change the sheets, you take off the dirty sheets and put on clean ones.  
After changing the bed, I would fall asleep quickly...      V n  
I changed the sheets on your bed today.      V n  
9       verb   When you change a baby or change its nappy or diaper, you take off the dirty one and put on a clean one.  
She criticizes me for the way I feed or change him...      V n  
He needs his nappy changed.      V-ed  
10       verb   When you change buses, trains, or planes or change, you get off one bus, train, or plane and get on to another in order to continue your journey.  
At Glasgow I changed trains for Greenock...      V n  
We were turned off the train at Hanover, where we had to change.      V  
11       verb   When you change gear or change into another gear, you move the gear lever on a car, bicycle, or other vehicle in order to use a different gear.  
The driver tried to change gear, then swerved...      V n  
He looked up into the mirror as he changed through his gears.      V prep  
in AM, use shift     
12       n-uncount   Your change is the money that you receive when you pay for something with more money than it costs because you do not have exactly the right amount of money.  
`There's your change.'<emdash10001`Thanks very much.'..., They told the shopkeeper to keep the change.     
13       n-uncount   Change is coins, rather than paper money.  
Thieves ransacked the office, taking a sack of loose change..., The man in the store won't give him change for the phone unless he buys something.     
    small change  
14       n-uncount   If you have changefor larger notes, bills, or coins, you have the same value in smaller notes, bills, or coins, which you can give to someone in exchange.  
usu N for n  
The courier had change for a £10 note.      If you make change, you give someone smaller notes, bills, or coins, in exchange for the same value of larger ones.  
make change      phrase  
15       verb   When you change money, you exchange it for the same amount of money in a different currency, or in smaller notes, bills, or coins.  
You can expect to pay the bank a fee of around 1% to 2% every time you change money...      V n  
If you travel frequently, find an agency that will change one foreign currency directly into another.      V n into n  
16    If you say that you are doing something or something is happening for a change, you mean that you do not usually do it or it does not usually happen, and you are happy to be doing it or that it is happening.  
for a change      phrase   PHR with cl  
Now let me ask you a question, for a change..., Liz settled back in her seat, comfortably relaxed, enjoying being driven for a change.     
    to change for the better  
    to change hands  
    a change of heart  
    to change your mind  
    to change places  
    to ring the changes  
    to change the subject  
    to change tack  
    to change your tune  
    to change for the worse  
    worse   change down      phrasal verb   When you change down, you move the gear lever in the vehicle you are driving in order to use a lower gear.  
Changing down, he turned into the drive...      V P  
I braked at the second corner and changed down to third.      V P to n  
in AM, use shift down      change over      phrasal verb   If you change overfrom one thing to another, you stop doing one thing and start doing the other.  
We are gradually changing over to a completely metric system...      V P from/to n  
The two men swapped places, always extinguishing the light when they changed over.      V P  
    changeover   change up      phrasal verb   When you change up, you move the gear lever in the vehicle you are driving in order to use a higher gear.  
I accelerated and changed up.      V P  
in AM, use shift up     

change management     
Change management is a style of management that aims to encourage organizations and individuals to deal effectively with the changes taking place in their work.     (BUSINESS)      n-uncount  
She is hoping to go into change management or IT management when she graduates.     
change of life     
The change of life is the menopause.      n-sing   the N  
change purse        ( change purses    plural  ) A change purse is a very small bag that people, especially women, keep their money in.  
  (AM)      n-count  
in BRIT, use purse     
sea change        ( sea changes    plural  ) A sea change in someone's attitudes or behaviour is a complete change.      n-count  
A sea change has taken place in young people's attitudes to their parents.     
short-change        ( short-changes    3rd person present)   ( short-changing    present participle)   ( short-changed    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If someone short-changes you, they do not give you enough change after you have bought something from them.  
The cashier made a mistake and short-changed him.      V n  
2       verb   If you are short-changed, you are treated unfairly or dishonestly, often because you are given less of something than you deserve.  
usu passive  
Women are in fact still being short-changed in the press.      be V-ed  
small change     
Small change is coins of low value.      n-uncount  
She was counting out 30p, mostly in small change, into my hand.     
step change        ( step changes    plural  ) A step change is a sudden or major change in the way that something happens or the way that someone behaves.      n-count   usu sing, usu N in n  
We now need a step change in our secondary schools to match that achieved in our primaries.     

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1    alter, convert, diversify, fluctuate, metamorphose, moderate, modify, mutate, reform, remodel, reorganize, restyle, shift, transform, transmute, vacillate, vary, veer  
2    alternate, barter, convert, displace, exchange, interchange, remove, replace, substitute, swap     (informal)   trade, transmit  
3    alteration, difference, innovation, metamorphosis, modification, mutation, permutation, revolution, transformation, transition, transmutation, vicissitude  
4    conversion, exchange, interchange, substitution, trade  
5    break     (informal)   departure, diversion, novelty, variation, variety, whole new ball game     (informal)  
,       vb   hold, keep, remain, stay  
      n   constancy, invariability, monotony, permanence, stability, uniformity  

Diccionario de inglés sinónimos  

Diccionario colaborativo     Inglés Cobuild
change something into something better
Jesus can fanute water into wine.
a technology item that a young person no longer uses and hands over to an older person, after having purchased a last generation product
a disorder of the hands skin characterized by roughness, dryness and sensitiveness
expression meaning "things never change"
When something is 'in the air', it means something exciting or significant is taking place or about to happen. Ex.: Spring is in the air - it's time for change!
a website that did not undergo any change for a long period of time
the point where a minor change turns into a major and irreversible one
[Bus.] E.g. : Some have anticipated that social media would be the tipping point of web marketing.
means a different approach or a welcome change to something. Ex.: anna has lots of wonderful ideas and motivation - she is a breath of fresh air.
expression used for warning that, although something seems to be over, settled, new events that could change the situation may occur
syn.: "it ain't over till it's over"
keep informed of changes
"Please, keep me posted on your project`s progress."
hand gesture of approval
is a test process that is performed after the software has been changed in order to verify if the changes didn't affect other software parts
wave hand as a sign of rejection, disapproval or lack of interest
make or repair an object in an improvised and inventive way making use of whatever items are at hand
chiefly[US];[Fam.] Ex.: You have no idea how many things I've MacGyvered using just duct tape or a simple paper clip.
Marriage between a man of royal or noble birth and a woman of lesser status, with the stipulation that wife and children have no claims to his titles or possessions or dignity. Still common at the beginning of the 20th C., the practice is now rare. Syn. Morganatic marriage, marriage of the left hand
[Hist.] So-called, because at the nuptial ceremony the husband gives his left hand to the bride, rather than his right, when saying, “I take thee for my wedded wife.”
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