show of hands

Idioms & Phrases

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 handshow many want the next meeting on a Sunday? [Late 1700s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
Cite This Source
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: show must go on, the
Next Definition: show off
Words Near: show of hands
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for show of hands
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing show of hands
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature