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Unit 27 Hands - Holding, Pushing, Pulling, Taking


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fiddle with
play with smth small in your fingers, esp. when you're bored or nervous
fumble
hold smth or try to reach for smth with your hands or fingers, but in an awkward and clumsy way
pat
repeatedly touch smb lightly with the hand held flat
rub
move your hand or fingers over, smth, applying pressure
slap
hit smb with an open hand, often on the face
smack
hit a child with an open hand to punish him or her
stroke
gently move an open hand back and forth over smth (generally for animals)
a touch of smth
1) a little of smth 2) a hint of smth
tickle
make smb laugh by touching them with your fingers
toy with
play with smth in your hands or fingers, often while you're deep in thought
twiddle
turn smth (a dial, a knob, etc), esp. when you're trying to make smth work
cling
hold on to smth very tightly because you're frightened that you will fall or you will lose it
clingy
1) very tight and showing the shape of your body - clothes 2) too attached and dependent on others - people
be tight-fisted
be mean because you dislike spending money
drag
pull smth that is heavy
embrace
put your arms around smth
grab
1) quickly take smth 2) manage to get some food/drink/sleep
grasp
take smth and hold it very tightly
have an excellent grasp of
have an excellent understanding of
grip
hold smth very tightly
be in the grip of
be experiencing smth that cannot be controlled (an economic crisis, a famine, etc.)
let go of
stop holding smth so that it is no longer in your hand
manhandle/shove
push smb roughly
pull your weight
do your fair share of your work
seize
take smth illegal away from smb
snatch
quickly take smth from smb
tug
pull smth with short but forceful pulls
wrench
pull smth forcefully and quickly, in order to open it/remove it from where it is
yank
pull smth with one quick, forceful pull