The hand is a useful part of your body. Don’t you think so? Human hands are special because we have the thumb which gives us the ability to hold things. I’ll bet my dog wishes she had a thumb! Well, before my story here gets out of hand, I want to talk about today’s English lesson. You see, I know English idioms like the back of my hand, and today I want to show you five of them that use the word hand. Are you ready? Lets check it out!
caught red handed
How to use it: [someone] is caught red handed or [someone] catches [someone] red handed
Explanation: When you are caught red handed, you are caught while doing something wrong.
- Bob was caught red handed sleeping in the office.
- Joey’s wife caught him red handed with another woman at a cafe.
get out of hand
How to use it: [something] gets out of hand
Explanation: When something gets out of hand, there is chaos.
- Everyone was arguing at the meeting so it got out of hand.
- The police came when the protest got out of hand.
give someone a hand
How to use it: [someone] gives another person a hand
Explanation: When you give someone a hand, you help them.
- I asked Jack to give me a hand painting the house.
- Can you give me a hand moving this table?
have the upper hand
How to use it: [someone] has the upper hand
Explanation: Someone who has the upper hand has an advantage in a situation.
- The workers have the upper hand over management.
- In tonight’s baseball game, the Yankees have the upper hand.
know something like the back of one’s hand
How to use it: [someone] knows something like the back of their hand
Explanation: When you know something like the back of your hand, you know it very well.
- I know NYC like the back of my hand because I was born and raised here.
- Yalcin knows computers like the back of his hand. He’s an expert!
If you know anyone who has trouble with this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!