lay hands on

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Verb[edit]

lay hands on (third-person singular simple present lays hands on, present participle laying hands on, simple past laid hands on, past participle lain hands on)

  1. (idiomatic) To find, obtain or procure.
    • 2008, Sean Miller, Shveta Verma, Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory, page 111:
      What luck, right when I'd laid my hands on flight coupons; had my checkbook in the black!
    If we can lay hands on some chicken wire and a black light, we can make some scary Halloween decorations.
    Synonyms: get one's hands on, get hold of
  2. (idiomatic) To seize or assault.
  3. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see lay,‎ hands.

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