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- Done with the hand open rather than clenched
2012, Virginia Volterra & Carol J. Erting, From Gesture to Language in Hearing and Deaf Children, ISBN 3642748597:
- Visual gaze toward the mother was present with the children's earliest gestures, but only in those cases where the gesture was itself directed toward the mother, such as extending objects toward the mother or open-handed reaching or pointing toward objects held by the mother.
2014, Kathleen Conlon, Different Ways of Dancing, ISBN 0993053904:
- And there were other words that stung his ears like hail: 'Slut! Bitch! Whore!' each accompanied by a noise: the open-handed slap that sounded like the tearing ofcalico, the dull thud followed by a gasp as a bunched fist slammed into yielding flesh, the reedy shriek and the gurgling sob -- and eventually the whistling breaths as Jessie climbed the stairs and shouted until she made herself heard that if they didn't stop their racket right this minute then she'd be calling the bobbies.
- Liberal and generous.
1844, Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit:
- 'No, no,' said the undertaker; 'not an open-handed gentleman in general, by any means. There you mistake him; but an afflicted gentleman, an affectionate gentleman, who knows what it is in the power of money to do, in giving him relief, and in testifying his love and veneration for the departed.'
- Frank, honest, and tolerant.
- Characterized by looseness and fullness.
2011, Faith Mortimer, The Assassins' Village:
- She sat there for more than three hours, as sheet after sheet became covered with her open-handed writing.
- With an open hand or hands.
1876, Thomas Curson Hansard, Hansard's Parliamentary Debates, page 28:
- The money here was given open-handed, and Parliament was not to be informed what was to be done with it.
- simple past tense and past participle of