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  • v. To find, obtain or procure.

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  • v. manage with the hands


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  • Holmes, I knew, might look as if he was about to fall asleep, but his brain would already be worrying away at the sizeable question of how, with Bey dead, we were going to lay hands on his informant, and weighing the possibilities of it being the Government House clerk Bertram Ellison.

    O Jerusalem

  • Foxhead or no foxhead, there were enough of them to simply lay hands on him and carry him off.

    Lord of Chaos

  • I fumbled with the sensationless protuberances on my hand and managed to pop the button from my shirt pocket, lay hands on my spectacles, nearly dropping them to destruction twice, and finally draped them crookedly across my nose.

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice

  • Arsène was sent to see what was happening, but the door was locked, and Vernoux was meantime smashing up all he could lay hands on and shrieking obscenities.

    Maigret Afraid

  • 'Well, outside bet, but worth asking: you couldnae think of anywhere I might be able to lay hands on some latex surgical gloves?'

    Boiling a Frog

  • The first thing we must do is lay hands on Annemarie Latour.

    Morgan’s Run

  • Although the right of consecrating the bishops of the island was not one of his privileges, Citonatus of Cagliari proceeded to lay hands on the bishop-elect of Turris Libisonis.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • The old guy is offed by a bunch of half-assed Nazi nitwits before they can lay hands on his notes.

    Time Was

  • Mother Hattie Mae Johnson barged through the crowd so she could lay hands on Sis.

    A Love So Deep

  • Octavianus will never lay hands on a living Cleopatra.

    Antony and Cleopatra


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