raise one's hand

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raise one's hand

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see raise,‎ hand.
    She raised her hand to slap me.
  2. (idiomatic) To volunteer by lifting one's hand.
    • 2010, Michael J. Goodspeed, Our Only Shield: A Novel of the Second World War[1], page 143:
      Which of you speaks German?” The prisoners looked warily at each other. None of the others moved. Saul, sensing opportunity, raised his hand. “Good, come forward, stand aside here,”
  3. (idiomatic) To dare to question.