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bow hand

[boh] /boʊ/
Archery. the hand that holds the bow, the left hand for right-handed people.
Music. the hand that draws the bow.
Origin of bow hand
1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Abe, having been found faithful and efficient, was employed to accompany the young man as a "bow-hand," to work the "front oars."

  • Played on by ancient maestros until the bow-hand lost its power and the flying fingers stiffened.

    The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • It was talked over for many a day, and the general verdict was that the "bow-hand" was a "strapper."

    McClure's Magazine December, 1895 Edited by Ida M. Tarbell

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