Definitions

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  • adv. without much effort; easily
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of hand down.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with no difficulty

Etymologies

The origin of this colloquialism seems to have its roots in mid-19th century horseracing. When a horse jockey is nearing the finish line far ahead of the competition, "with victory certain", he could drop his hands, relaxing his hold on the reins, and still win the race. "By the late 19th century the phrase was being used in non-racing contexts to mean 'with no trouble at all.'" (Wiktionary)
See hand down (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I brought my hands down to unbutton his shirt with trembling fingers.

    Real wifeys

  • He ambled up behind Dash and slapped his hands down on Dashs broad shoulders.

    Paradise Lost

  • Ray put his hands down her pants, the Desert News reports.

    News

  • Oliphant brought his two freckled hams of hands down on the driving-wheel and made a complicated snorting noise.

    Scales of Justice

  • And my prize, my kind and pretty gold-star boyfriend of four months, did dump me prior to the prom—but I believe for him it was no brief stumble on his path toward appreciating me, it was just a wearying of my intrinsic, idiosyncratic value, exacerbated, I fear, by my refusal to allow him to get his hands down my pants or across my flat, flat chest.

    Dont You Forget About Me

  • Kelsie sat up and smoothed her hands down her sides.

    The Education Of Hailey Kendrick

  • Lady Lacklander suddenly clapped the palms of her hands down on the arms of her chair.

    Scales of Justice

  • BigHelp her quickly bring her hands down toward her feet.

    Itsy Bitsy Yoga

  • Twirling around, she presented her very fine ass to him, then she bent over, running her hands down her stocking-smooth legs.

    Good Girl Gone Bad

  • Then the stick bowed with a suddenness that awed the old man, practically yanking his hands down level with the talus at the base of the outcropping.

    Father Swarat

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