Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Generous; liberal; munificent.
  • Handling two oars whose ends do not meet, as in the act of rowing: also said of the action itself: as, an open-handed rower; open-handed rowing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Generous; liberal; munificent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Generous; giving freely.

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

  • adjective given or giving freely

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Examples

  • The moment he kicked off, it should have been a swift open-handed slap across the chops.

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  • He raged royally and fought royally, leaping to the attack, after being knocked over twice by open-handed blows under his ear.

    CHAPTER XXII

  • Outside the ring he was slow-going, easy-natured, and, in his younger days, when money was flush, too open-handed for his own good.

    A PIECE OF STEAK

  • They were weeping out of sheer fatigue and helplessness, and the blows they only occasionally struck were open-handed and ineffectual.

    CHAPTER IV

  • His open-handed liberality, his desire for everything of the best, his own personal cleanliness and care of himself she recognized as far beyond the average.

    CHAPTER IV

  • Some consumers said they had spent a little more this holiday season, but added that they may not remain open-handed if the economy stays so uncertain.

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  • Outside the ring he was slow-going, easy-natured, and, in his younger days, when money was flush, too open-handed for his own good.

    A PIECE OF STEAK

  • Wemple's ear, accompanying the instruction with an open-handed blow on the shoulder.

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  • Without the proper equipment, easily available to every other police force in the Western world, we have to make do with short shields, hollow tin sticks and the odd open-handed strike.

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  • With one flip of his right hand, with what I might call an open-handed, lifting, upward slap, save that it was the ends of the fingers only that touched Larry's face, he lifted Larry into the air, sprawling him backward on his back across his sea-bag.

    CHAPTER V

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