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hidden hand

an unknown force or influence believed to be the cause of certain, often unfortunate, events
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  • But it seemed to me that the hidden hand of God pressed me to the spot, and I obeyed.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo
  • Now, behind this revolt there was a hidden hand; and it was the hand of Pennybet.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • To suggest that any hidden hand has ever been at work in the world is to raise immediately a storm of Jewish protest.

  • He looked at the beautiful, rebellious face and took a closer hold on the hidden hand.

    Iole Robert W. Chambers
  • I shall call rebutting evidence to prove up to the hilt that the hidden hand is again at its old game.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • "The hidden hand" may be represented by a gentleman who carries his hand in a sling concealed from view.

    Bright Ideas for Entertaining Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott
  • Espionage, treachery in high places, the hidden hand—Mr. Jones read about them all and shuddered with unholy joy.

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