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hand tight

or hand-tight

(of a setscrew, nut, etc.) as tight as it can be made by hand, without the aid of a tool.
Origin of hand tight
1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Good-bye, An' Jerusha," he said, holding her hand tight in both his own.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • On the journey, she and Winton were quite silent—but she held his hand tight.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • Warde shook his head, holding John's hand tight between his sinewy fingers.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • She held his hand tight, and tried to walk with him step by step.

  • "Keep that till I ask you for it," said Henniker quite sternly, and closed her hand tight with his own.

  • “Shut your hand tight and double up your arm,” he said; and Steve obeyed.

    Steve Young George Manville Fenn
  • So I took her hand tight and we followed Aunty Edith, who is an awful fast walker and always has so many things to do.

    W. A. G.'s Tale Margaret Turnbull
  • "It's a price that I'll gladly pay," cried Dorry, holding her hand tight.

    In the High Valley Susan Coolidge
  • She held Happie's other hand tight in both of hers and laid her burning cheek upon it.

    Six Girls and Bob Marion Ames Taggart
  • Blanche clasped her papa's hand tight, and bounded five or six times.

    The Daisy Chain Charlotte Yonge

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