fill one's hand

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fill one's hand

  1. (US, idiomatic) To draw one's handgun, especially for an armed confrontation.
    • 1905, Alfred Henry Lewis, The Sunset Trail (2005 edition), →ISBN, p. 377:
      "Now everybody fill his hand!" shouted Mr. Hickok, pulling his 8-inch six-shooters.
    • 1959, William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch[1], →ISBN, page 4:
      "He just looks at me and says: ‘Fill your hand stranger’ and hauls out an old rusty six shooter and I take off across Lincoln Park, bullets cutting all around me."
    • 1979 June 25, Richard Schickel, "Show Business: Duke: Images from a Lifetime," Time:
      "Fill your hand, you sonuvabitch," the old lawman cries, clamping the reins of his horse between his teeth and filling his own hands with six-gun and repeater.

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