from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A helping hand; assistance.
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Julie_ so that the two bits of human flotsam could be hauled in over the bows was but a skilful hand's-turn of rudder-work, accomplished as cleverly as if the great steamboat had been a power-driven launch to be steered by a touch of the tiller.
Alfreston, had most of the housework to do, for Mrs. Blake would let none of us do a hand's-turn for the old master.
It was hard work, but I'm not one to grudge a hand's-turn here or a hand's-turn there, and I was happy enough; and when the men came in for their meals I always had everything smoking hot, and just as I should wish to sit down to it myself: And when the men come in,
They does more work in a morning than you'd get through in a year, you who never does a hand's-turn for anybody and haven't sense enough to earn your own bread! "
I won't alter my ways -- no, not a hand's-turn -- for the like of her, and I go this day month. "
"The fact is, no workman likes to do a hand's-turn on Saturday afternoon.