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show of hands

an indication of approval, disapproval, volunteering, etc., on the part of a group of persons, usually made by each assenting person raising his or her hand. Unabridged
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  • Perhaps a show of hands is the scientific way today.
  • The meeting is again open to everyone, and the voting is also open, by show of hands.
  • Ask for a show of hands for those students who accurately predicted the story topic based on the vocabulary.
  • The show of hands up are sufficient for the voting process and if hands are not shown, they will be cut off.
  • And at some caucus sites, especially in lower-population areas, votes are cast by a show of hands.
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British Dictionary definitions for show of hands

show of hands

the raising of hands to indicate voting for or against a proposition
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Idioms and Phrases with show of hands

show of hands

An informal vote made by participants holding up one hand each to indicate a choice, as in Let's have a show of hands—how many want the next meeting on a Sunday? [ Late 1700s ]
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