without a hand or hands.
clumsy; awkward: to be handless at a task.

1375–1425; late Middle English hand(e)les. See hand, -less

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hand (hænd)
1.  a.  the prehensile part of the body at the end of the arm, consisting of a thumb, four fingers, and a palm
 b.  the bones of this partRelated: manual
2.  the corresponding or similar part in animals
3.  something resembling this in shape or function
4.  a.  the cards dealt to one or all players in one round of a card game
 b.  a player holding such cards
 c.  one round of a card game
5.  agency or influence: the hand of God
6.  a part in something done: he had a hand in the victory
7.  assistance: to give someone a hand with his work
8.  a pointer on a dial, indicator, or gauge, esp on a clock: the minute hand
9.  acceptance or pledge of partnership, as in marriage: he asked for her hand; he gave me his hand on the merger
10.  a position or direction indicated by its location to the side of an object or the observer: on the right hand; on every hand
11.  a contrastive aspect, condition, etc (in the phrases on the one hand, on the other hand)
12.  (preceded by an ordinal number) source or origin: a story heard at third hand
13.  a person, esp one who creates something: a good hand at painting
14.  a labourer or manual worker: we've just taken on a new hand at the farm
15.  a member of a ship's crew: all hands on deck
16.  printing another name for index
17.  a person's handwriting: the letter was in his own hand
18.  a round of applause: give him a hand
19.  ability or skill: a hand for woodwork
20.  a manner or characteristic way of doing something: the hand of a master
21.  a unit of length measurement equalling four inches, used for measuring the height of horses, usually from the front hoof to the withers
22.  a cluster or bundle, esp of bananas
23.  a shoulder of pork
24.  one of the two possible mirror-image forms of an asymmetric object, such as the direction of the helix in a screw thread
25.  a free hand freedom to do as desired
26.  (usually used with a negative) a hand's turn a small amount of work: he hasn't done a hand's turn
27.  a heavy hand tyranny, persecution, or oppression: he ruled with a heavy hand
28.  a high hand an oppressive or dictatorial manner
29.  at hand, near at hand very near or close, esp in time
30.  at someone's hand, at someone's hands from: the acts of kindness received at their hands
31.  by hand
 a.  by manual rather than mechanical means
 b.  by messenger or personally: the letter was delivered by hand
32.  come to hand to become available; be received
33.  force someone's hand to force someone to act
34.  from hand to hand from one person to another
35.  from hand to mouth
 a.  in poverty: living from hand to mouth
 b.  without preparation or planning
36.  hand and foot in all ways possible; completely: they waited on him hand and foot
37.  hand in glove in an intimate relationship or close association
38.  hand in hand
 a.  together; jointly
 b.  clasping each other's hands
39.  hand over fist steadily and quickly; with rapid progress: he makes money hand over fist
40.  hold one's hand to stop or postpone a planned action or punishment
41.  hold someone's hand to support, help, or guide someone, esp by giving sympathy or moral support
42.  in hand
 a.  in possession
 b.  under control
 c.  receiving attention or being acted on
 d.  available for use; in reserve
 e.  with deferred payment: he works a week in hand
43.  keep one's hand in to continue or practise
44.  lend a hand to help
45.  on hand close by; present: I'll be on hand to help you
46.  out of hand
 a.  beyond control
 b.  without reservation or deeper examination: he condemned him out of hand
47.  set one's hand to
 a.  to sign (a document)
 b.  to start (a task or undertaking)
48.  show one's hand to reveal one's stand, opinion, or plans
49.  take in hand to discipline; control
50.  throw one's hand in See throw in
51.  to hand accessible
52.  try one's hand to attempt to do something
53.  (modifier)
 a.  of or involving the hand: a hand grenade
 b.  made to be carried in or worn on the hand: hand luggage
 c.  operated by hand: a hand drill
54.  (in combination) made by hand rather than by a machine: hand-sewn
55.  to transmit or offer by the hand or hands
56.  to help or lead with the hand
57.  nautical to furl (a sail)
58.  hand it to someone to give credit to someone
Related: manual
[Old English hand; related to Old Norse hönd, Gothic handus, Old High German hant]

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