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give a hand

This page is about the collocation give a hand

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to give help, support or assistance

For example

  • Can I give you a hand with those bags?

  • If Marian hadn't given me a hand with the invoices, I wouldn't have finished them on time.

Note:
Related collocations include "give help", "give support" and "lend a (helping) hand". Another meaning of "give a hand" is to applaud, as in "Let's give the musicians a hand."

Quick Quiz

If you're giving someone a hand, you're

a. making them help you

b. donating your hand

c. helping them out

Contributor: Matt Errey