This week we study some more idioms that are related to the hand:
Close/near at hand: very near.
The accident was serious but thankfully help was near at hand.
Force someone’s hand: force someone to act, make a decision etc. sooner than he may be willing to.
I have not yet made up my mind to sell my land to him but he is trying to force my hand.
Bond/tied hand and foot: be unable/powerless to act.
The new district collector wants to do things differently but unfortunately he is bound hand and foot by the rules.
Eat out of someone’s hand(s): be under someone’s influence; submit to his wishes willingly.
It has not been even a week since they met but she has him eating out of her hand already.
Get out of hand: cannot be controlled any more.
The hotel had deployed security guards to ensure that the rowdy crowd of holiday revellers did not get out of hand.
Give someone a hand: help someone do something, especially something that involves physical effort.
When my father told me that he was planning to paint the house, I offered to give him a hand.
Give someone a big hand: applaud someone, especially after a speech, performance etc.
When Amitabh Bachchan came on the stage to receive an award, the audience gave him a big hand.
Have a hand in something: be involved actively in something; be responsible for something being done.
The police suspect that the servant had a hand in the robbery.
International Dictionary of Idioms)